When is the Perfect Time for Camping?

Enjoy the Perfect Weather in Less Crowded Parks!

School has started for most of the Valley, now. The weather is still nice, but the parks and trails aren’t quite as crowded, so it’s a good time go camping. We take the stress out of camping and make it as easy as we can for you. Convenient packages at affordable prices. We rent top of the line, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, coolers, lanterns, stoves, backpacks, and more. You can reserve by phone, email us at tsr@theskirenters.com, or just drop by. Why buy when you can rent?

Summer Isn’t Over Yet!

Get Outside to Say Goodbye to Summer

Two more weeks of summer, but still plenty of time for camping! We take the stress out of camping and make it as easy as we can for you. We rent top of the line, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, coolers, lanterns, stoves, backpacks, and more. Convenient packages at affordable prices. You can reserve by phone, email us at tsr@theskirenters.com, or just drop by. Why buy when you can rent?

Get Ready For Fourth of July!

Complete Your Camping Needs for the 4th!

Franklin Roosevelt, our 32nd President stated, “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” So in keeping with that declaration, get outside this 4th of July and achieve your personal freedom! July 4th is just around the corner so it’s time to reserve your camping gear from The Ski Renter in Cupertino.

We rent sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents (2, 3, 5 and 8-person), backpacks, stoves, lanterns, coolers and much more to complete your camping needs in celebration of our country’s 241st birthday.

Swing into Summer with Easy Camping Rentals!

Easy Rentals For Your Summer Camping Trip!

Summer is in full swing and so is The Ski Renter of Cupertino! Planning a camping trip but don’t want to spend a fortune on new equipment? Come see us. We rent tents (2, 3, 5 and 8-person), backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, two burner stoves, backpacking stoves, coolers, lanterns (both battery operated and propane), and…bear canisters, too! (Bear canisters are required by many parks in the Sierra Nevada.)

And while you are in the store, take a look at our summer retail products, too – almost all are on sale – fleece jackets, backpackers’ shirts, Camelbaks, hydrosystems, hiking socks, etc. Why buy when you can rent?

Get Memorial Day Camping with The Ski Renter!

Get Camping with The Ski Renter!

Warm weather is here and Memorial Day is just around the corner! Get outside with great summer gear rentals from The Ski Renter. We have everything you need for your backpacking and camping adventures!

Not sure where to get started? Explore these California local campgrounds or check out these first come first served spots.

Don’t Miss the Spring Break Snow!

And More Snow To Come!

It’s been a great year so far! Ten feet of snow on the ground, and now, more to come. A couple of storms are due in next week. The first is due Monday or Tuesday with the possibility for several inches of snow to as much as a foot! The next one should follow late in the week, and could add that much more. We’ll just have to wait and see, it’s weather, after all.

Like the famous comedian Will Rogers said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!”

Snow news is good news! Thank you for your continuing business,

Think Snow!


George Denise
Owner, The Ski Renter

10 Tips for Teaching Toddlers to Ski or Board

It’s never too early to learn!

The snow continues to be fabulous! So far this year, this is the fourth most snowfall to date since 1970. If it doesn’t get too warm, we should have good conditions well into Spring! Right now, temperatures are in the 50s during the day, dropping down into the 20s at night. Great time to teach the little ones when it’s not too cold outside. We started our granddaughter, Iliana, age 2, on skis this year.

Tips for Teaching Toddlers to Ski or Board:

  1. First of all, what is the right age? This depends on you and your child. If you have an active, adventurous child, and you are a fairly competent skier, earlier is fine.  If your child is more reserved, or you are not comfortable teaching, maybe wait until they are old enough for bunny ski school. We started our oldest son at age 2 (almost 3), the next two at age 1 ½ .
  2. Introduce them to the snow gently, positively. Make sure they are dressed properly and have gloves or mittens on, and start on a relatively warm day. Cold snow on small bare hands can be unbearable.  Don’t force anything. Make it a game. Be excited. Let them make and throw a couple of snowballs at you (but don’t throw them back; that just makes you a bully!) And that may be it for the first time out. Maybe half an hour or so. Then go back inside and have a hot chocolate.
  3. Start with toddler skis that strap on to their snow boots with Velcro. Let them wear them in the house and walk around on the carpet. Again, make it a game.
  4. Next take them out to the ski hill and let them walk around on the snow where it is flat so they can get the feel of the skis sliding on the snow.
  5. We recommend using ski toe clips to hold the toes of the skis together in the beginning. Also a harness with a leash, letting them ski ahead of you while you snowplow behind them.  You can also ski next to them holding a ski pole sideways across you and them (let them have the handle) so they can see you and you can provide words of encouragement. You can also let them ski between your legs, but we have seen others slip and fall on their child, so we do not recommend this method.
  6. Start at the bottom of the slops, out of the potential path of other skiers and boarders. Once your feel your child is ready, start on the bunny slope, take it nice and slow, with lots of encouragement, and when you get to the bottom, go in for another hot chocolate. Don’t wear them out; always leave them wanting more!
  7. Next time out, on a very gentle slope, and with the toe clips on the skis, have them put their hands on their knees and slowly ski down the slope. Have them push down on their right knee and they will turn to the left; push down on the left knee and they will turn to the right. Once they do this exercise a few times, most get the hang of it almost immediately and advance very quickly!
  8. Beginners should not have poles, but let them hold the handle of one of your poles and pull them along when walking, help them in and out of their skis, and so on. Take as much of the effort out of it as possible and make it fun for them.
  9. Take lots of pictures and show them later with lots of positive comments. You have one chance to make a first impression; make it a positive one so they want to do it again!
  10. Once your child is potty-trained, you can enroll them in ski school. Most of the hills have very good programs, half-day and full-day, including lessons, games, snacks, lunch, and naps!

So have fun and Think Snow!


George Denise
Owner, The Ski Renter

More Snow!

Our slogan at The Ski Renter is “Think Snow!” Well, we thought snow, and snow we got! 

We have been tracking snowfall at Squaw Valley daily for the past thirteen years. (Hey, that’s what we do. It’s our business!) As of this writing, the base at Squaw is 138”, with 243” up on top.

In the snow report below you’ll see the conditions of other resorts in the area:

It’s been more snow on top of more snow this season. Total cumulative snowfall to date is 462”, which is the most we have had in over ten years. Temperatures have been a little warmer, so the snow has been wet, but now temperatures are dropping.

We may get a few inches of snow over the weekend, but then there should be a break in the storms for an extended period of time. Lots of snow on the ground, clear skies, colder temperatures, and consequently, better skiing and boarding!

So enjoy, be safe, and even though we have lots of it,

Think Snow!


George Denise
Owner, The Ski Renter

Fall One-Day Sale, up to 50% off!

Save the Date: Saturday, October 29th

For ONE DAY ONLY: Get 10-50% off almost all retail items including: ski jackets, fleece jackets, summer tees, thermals, Camelbaks and reservoirs, coolers, camping pots and pans and more! Our shelves are full of awesome warm and cold season gear – help us make room for a plethora of new items as we get ready for a blissful ski season.

Still wanting to squeeze in one more camp trip? It’s not too late. In fact, October is the best time for coastal camping! Head south for Big Sur and Oceano Dunes or north for Olema and Anchor Bay. Pick up one of our camping gear bundles for as low as $26 and hit the road.

It’s Never Too Early to Get Ready for Snow

Ski Resort Season Passes Are Here!

Fall is here and as you enjoy the the cooler weather with hikes and tents it’s time to start thinking snow! Winter 2016/2017 Season Passes are now on Sale for a limited time. Right now you can get season passes to ski Northstar, Kirkwood, and Heavenly Mountain – all with one pass!

And you don’t have to wait until the first snowfall to visit these great resorts! There are plenty of fun summer events to keep you busy while you wait for snow.

Northstar California – Northstar boasts summer activities for all ages. Pan for gems, play mini golf, go roller skating, and more! All with a Summer Fun Day Pass.

Kirkwood Mountain – Unfortunately Kirkwood is now closed for the summer, but keep an eye out for when they open again for the Winter Season!

Heavenly Lake Tahoe – Fly through the forest with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe on the Ridge Rider Mountain Coaster, or slide down the 500ft-long summer tubing hill. Heavenly has plenty of summer adventure waiting for you!

These passes are a great deal if you’re planning to visit the mountains often. Get them while you can!