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We Have What You Need for End-of-Summer Camping!

Well, the summer is winding down, but the weather is still great so why not go camping? You’ve gotta love California weather! And Labor Day is just around the corner—so go camping the two weekends before and avoid the crowds! Or, if your schedule only permits you to get away Labor Day weekend, find a nice campground and go for it!

Need Camping Equipment?

The Ski Renter rents tents (2-person, 3-person, 5-person, and 8-peron), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, backpacks and pretty much anything else you need. What we don’t rent, we sell! The Ski Renter is a family-owned, green certified business, in business and your neighbor for 45 years!

Don’t have time to stop by to make a reservation? Not a problem. Give us a call at 408-255-9600 or email us at and we will reserve equipment for you. We are at 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino. Remember—why buy when you can rent?

We’re Hiring!

The Ski Renter in Cupertino is looking for part-time sales associates to work in their shop. Applicants must be friendly, courteous and patient. They must be at least 18 years old and available to work morning shifts and should have basic math and computer skills. Hours are flexible. Availability during major holidays, especially Christmas and February breaks, is a must.  No prior knowledge of camping or snow sports is required but would be helpful. The shop is a family-owned and operated green-certified business. For more information, please call Kathy at 408-255-9600 or email her at

13 Top Dog Friendly Campgrounds and Parks Nearby

Dog friendly camping? Of course!

Below are just a few of the many nearby parks and campgrounds that welcome dogs (usually on a leash):

So, make plans to get out there and enjoy; and don’t leave your best friend home when you do it! You can check out for hotels and restaurants that welcome your pet. And if you need equipment, give us a call! We are The Ski Renter in Cupertino. We rent all of the basics, and a lot more. And when you come to pick up your gear, bring Fido with you—as you might have guessed, we’re dog friendly, too!

We are a family-owned and operated green business. Call us at 408-255-9600 or email us with your reservation at The Ski Renter, 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino. Remember—why buy when you can rent?

Renting at The Ski Renter is Green!

We have always operated The Ski Renter sustainably, and several years ago, we certified through the City of Cupertino’s Green Business Program, and we continue to renew it periodically.

What is a green business? In brief, it is a business that operates sustainably, conserving energy and other resources, minimizing waste, and reusing, recycling, and/or composting what we can no longer use. Our lamps are LED, using about one-fifth as much energy as the previous light use. We have a programable thermostat and we set it high in summer, low in winter. All of our faucets have flow restrictors, our toilets are high-efficiency flush, and our appliances are Energy Star. All of the wood used in the store comes from sustainably managed forests, certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). The paints we use are low toxicity, zero-VOC. The waxes are non-petroleum products and environmentally friendly and safe.

Renting ski and camping equipment instead of buying it is more sustainable, too! Think of The Ski Renter as skiing and camping equipment “pooling”, making The Ski Renter the “uber” of skiing and camping equipment. Rather than everyone buying their own equipment and then only using it occasionally, leaving it in a closet or the garage the rest of the year, our equipment is in constant use, being shared between hundreds of users every year!

We rent tents (all sizes), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, stoves, coolers, lanterns, bear canisters and pretty much anything else you might need for backpacking and camping all year round, and, of course, we rent snow ski and snow board equipment during the ski season. We have it all. So call us at 408-255-9600 to make a reservation, or email us at The Ski Renter, 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino, CA.

Why buy when you can rent? It’s the green thing to do!

Happy Independence Day!

July 4th is just around the corner! That’s when Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, John Hancock, and all those other revolutionaries signed the Declaration of Independence. And what better way to celebrate than going camping! Out-of-town friends coming to celebrate with you, but don’t have camping gear? Or maybe you need gear for yourself! Give us a call; we’ve got what you need and can reserve it for you right now! The Ski Renter in Cupertino, 408-255-9600. (We think Ole Ben would be pleased!) Why buy when you can rent?

Happy 4th of July from The Ski Renter

The final line of the Declaration of Independence reads “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

Many of those that signed the Declaration of Independence did sacrifice their lives and fortunes in America’s War for Independence. Because they did so, we now live in one of the freest and most successful nations on Earth. It is appropriate, therefore, that we celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, enjoying the freedoms they bequeathed us.

July 4th is just around the corner! If you haven’t already made reservations for camping equipment, give us a call. We rent tents (all sizes), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, backpacks, stoves, coolers, lanterns, bear canisters and pretty much anything else you might need—and what we don’t rent, we sell. Need some backpacking food to throw in your backpack for that short trip on the 4th? We have that too. We have it all!

Do you need to reserve some gear for the holiday? Give us a call at 408-255-9600, email us at, or visit us at 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino, CA.

Don’t forget—why buy when you can rent?

Summer Weather at Last!

Well, kind of! You can still go skiing at Squaw on weekends, or Mammoth every day. While we can still take care of your skiing or snowboarding needs, we’re also ready to help you prepare for summer hiking, backpacking and camping.

The Ski Renter rents tents (2, 3, 5 and 8-person), sleeping bags (0 degree-rated bags and 20 degree bags), sleeping pads, backpacks (five sizes; each size is adjustable), lanterns, backpacking stoves and two-burner car camping stoves, coolers, bear canisters, and more!

Spring Skiing and a Sale!

The Ski Renters’ End of Season Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th

Apparently the groundhog was right: he came out of his den and saw his shadow, and now we are enjoying at least six more weeks of winter. This is a tradition that began in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in 1887. As the story goes, each year, when the groundhog (known as Punxsutawney Phil), comes out of his den on Groundhog Day, February 2, if he sees his shadow he goes back into his den and we have six more weeks of winter. He must have seen his shadow and then some this year, as we have had more than 337 inches of snowfall since Groundhog Day, including eleven more inches in just the past three days! Spring skiing is about as good as it gets!

In spite of the great snow, most of the resorts are still planning on closing mid-April, with the exceptions of Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain. Accordingly, we are planning our End of Season Sale for May 4th, so mark your calendar. Skis, snowboards, boots, jackets, pants, and poles go on sale. This is a great opportunity to pick up some good used equipment at great prices. Like always, we will have free hot dogs and soft drinks to help you keep your energy up while you shop!

We’ll see you then—and in the mean time, think snow (because you can never have too much)!

Getting the Proper Boot Fit

Some say the hardest part of skiing is putting on the boots. Because of their stiff, outer shell, ski boots can be difficult to put on and take off. The shell is stiff to protect your ankles, but they definitely shouldn’t hurt!

To put the boots on, make sure all of the buckles are undone and that none have re-caught. With one hand, pull the tongue all the way forward while holding the inside back cuff of the boot with the other hand, spreading the boot as far open as it will go. Point your toe straight down into the boot, and then step straight down with your heel, letting it push your toes forward into position within the boot.

The boots need to be buckled when they are being fitted. Once the foot is in place, pull the power strap tight around the cuff of the boot and join the Velcro to hold it in place. Next, buckle the boot starting from the bottom and working your way up. (Later, when you are taking the boot off, unbuckle starting with the top buckle and work your way down, taking the power strap off last.)

When you are sitting or standing straight legged with the ski boots on and buckled, your big toe may be touching the front of the boot. However, when you stand up and bend your knees into skiing position, this should pull your feet back inside the boot so that the big toe just barely touches the front of the boot, or not quite touches the front of the boot.

The boot should fit snugly all over, but comfortably, like a glove. Not too tight, with too much pressure anywhere on the foot, but not too loose, either. You should be able to wiggle your toes, but not curl them, and your heel should not move up and down more than a quarter of an inch. You control your skis through your feet, so your boots need to fit snugly so that they respond immediately when you roll your feet and shift your weight making your turns.

Also, when you fit your boots, make sure you are wearing the same thickness of sock that you will be wearing when you are skiing. Socks shouldn’t be too thick; you don’t want your feet sliding within the boot. Definitely do not wear two pairs of socks for the same reason. And the socks should be made of a synthetic, or a wool/synthetic blend that will wick moisture away from your feet, helping to keep them from getting cold and clammy. Don’t wear cotton socks, as they absorb moisture, making your feet cold and clammy.

That’s all there is to it! Enjoy your skiing in comfortable, responsive boots—and don’t forget to think snow!


Seriously Fresh Snow!

One of our bylines is “Think Snow!” Apparently you did, as we just got two to three feet of new snow in the Tahoe-Truckee area. That’s two to three feet of fresh powder, and there is another foot and a half on the way!

Why do we love new snow? Because it is very forgiving! It softens the bumps, smooths out the ride, and is easy to make turns in. It doesn’t grab your edges. It feels like you are floating, as long as it isn’t too heavy (meaning it has too much water content). When that’s the case, or when the new powder has been down for a couple of days and starts to congeal, it resists your turns more. If you notice that, you need to focus more on carving your turns. That’s also when the groomers come out, to make it easier for you.

For skiers and snowboarders, there’s nothing quite like fresh powder! Consider trying it with powder skis. They’re a little wider, to take even greater advantage of the soft stuff. We have a number of powder skis in our demo rack. They are bigger, and mostly aimed at our more advanced skiers. If you fit that description, give them a try. And whatever you do, keep thinking snow!