4th of July and S’mores!

Get it? S’mores!
The long weekend is right around the corner and it’s not too late to grab some gear from The Ski Renter and head for cooler ground. Our summer inventory includes backpacking and camping tents, sleeping bags, stoves, coolers and more. All from high-quality, reliable brands!

We hope you are enjoying our warm weather options as much as we enjoy providing them to you.

“I’ve rented here for years and it has only gotten better with time. New owners bought it a few years back and they have improved the service and products each year. The owner is often there when I come in and he always helps me find exactly what I need. Best mom and pop experience I have had.”

Why buy when you can rent?


George Denise
Owner, The Ski Renter


Fudge Striped Cookie S’mores! Get the recipe.


S’mores Coffee Milkshake! Get the recipe.


Sushi S’mores! Get the recipe.


Celebrate Father’s Day



What better way to celebrate Dad but with some quality time outdoors? If you haven’t planned a great camping trip for the weekend, never fear! There are plenty of local trails, such as the San Francisco Bay Trail or The Stanford Dish, for the perfect Father’s Day hike.

4 Recipes for Your Memorial Day Adventure!

You’ve booked the perfect site, you’ve picked up your awesome gear from The Ski Renter, but don’t forget the most important part: food! These 4 easy campfire recipes are perfect for fueling your Memorial Day adventures!


French Toast

Start the day off right with this french toast recipe that serves six! Make your own French toast egg mix ahead of time to customize the flavor even more.
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Camping Hot Dogs

Keep the day going with these easy (and delicious!) wrapped hotdogs. All you need are hotdogs, crescent rolls, foil, and a campfire!
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Mac & Cheese

Pre-make these bowls of mac and cheese at home, then just reheat on the fire until they’re warm and gooey. Easiest camping dinner ever!
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Banana S’mores

End the day on a sweet note with this twist on a classic for dessert. Mix in all your favorite toppings to make the perfect personalized treat!
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Big Sur: Book Your Summer Camping Adventure Today!

Book NOW to get the best spots at popular camping destinations. One of our favorites is Big Sur! Only a short drive from the Bay with everything California has to offer, from beautiful beaches to towering redwoods.

Andrew Molera State Park – Combine a morning hike and an afternoon at the beach! A wide, scenic, mile-long path leads to a sandy beach, taking you through a meadow filled with wildflowers and sycamore trees, as well as offering fine views of the coastal mountain range to the east.

Pfeiffer Big Sur – The Pfeiffer Falls trail, by far the most popular hike in Pfeiffer Big Sur, starts near the lodge and climbs an oak-wooded hillside to reach a decent-sized waterfall. On the return trip, take a side trail to get a great view of the Big Sur Valley.

Elkhorn Slough – There is no camping on the Reserve itself, but it makes a great stop during your Big Sur adventure. Glide down Elkhart Slough Reserve in kayaks where you might come face to face with mischievous sea otters and lounging harbor seals. There are three kayak rental shops close by.

But you have to hurry, camping spots fill up fast, so plan the perfect Big Sur trip for September/October and book today.

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The Last Hurrah

Dear Friends, Family and The Ski Renter Community,

May is the last hurrah for snow! Most of the other resorts are already closed, but for you die-hards out there, a few resorts like Squaw Valley are still open until the end of May. Winter is winding down and warm weather is here to stay!

At The Ski Renter we’re transitioning to our summer camping and backpacking gear. We’ve got awesome packs for kids to carry and packs in which to carry them! Get outside with the whole family! One day rental packages start at $26!


Why buy when you can rent?


Owner, The Ski Renter

Winter Blowout Sale!

Limited Time to Say Goodbye to
Winter Merchandise with our BLOW OUT SALE!

Join us for a huge Blowout Sale to make room for summer inventory!
It’s your last chance to snap up some big brands.

Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17th


Spring Snow Is Here: A Letter From George

Dear Friends, Family and The Ski Renter Community,

Spring skiing at its finest! Spring is here but the snow is sticking around, too. Even though it’s getting sunny and warm here in the Valley, there’s still amazing snow just waiting on the hill for you to enjoy! The base at Squaw Valley, for example is 52” as of today.

Used equipment sale. If you’ve fallen in love with the snow like we have, you may want your own equipment. Our Spring Used Ski Equipment Sale is coming April 16th!

The warm Spring weather also brings camping season! Get ready for your first camp out of the season with our amazing camping rental packages. All the equipment you need for the best outdoor adventure is just a no-fuss rental away with The Ski Renter.

The fun never stops!

Why buy when you can rent?


Owner, The Ski Renter

Fitting skis and boards

Last week, we talked about fitting boots so now it seems only reasonable to talk about fitting skis and boards. Both ski & snowboard sizing has some general rules but they are also somewhat dependent on your preferences and we try to listen to you to provide the best ski to what you are doing. Now then, for ski sizes, here are the general guidelines:

  • Level 1 skiers (beginner to intermediate), the ski tips should come to somewhere between your chin and your mouth
  • Level 2 (intermediate to advanced), somewhere between your mouth and your eyes
  • Level 3 (advanced to expert), anywhere between your mouth and the top of your forehead depending on what you are skiing

If you are heavier than average, then go a little longer (5 cm or so). Lighter, shorter. Generally speaking, the shorter the skis, the slower they will go but the easier they are to control; the longer they are, the faster they will go and the more difficult they are to control.

If you are unsure of your ability, go a little shorter. You have a range of about 5 cm either direction to play with.

For more advanced skiers, we also carry a variety of higher-end demo skis at The Ski Renter, some with stiffer flex, various camber and rocker combinations, wider powder skis, all-mountain, and big mountain skis. But keep in mind, if you are not an advanced to expert skier these skis will be harder to control and manage on the mountain so stick to the basic skis unless you are planning dropping chutes off-trail, hitting the deep powder between the trees, or catching some serious air in the park.

Like skis, fitting snow boards have some general guidelines to follow:

  • Level 1 riders (beginner to intermediate), the tip should reach somewhere between your sternum and your chin
  • Level 2 (intermediate to advanced), between your chin and your nose
  • Level 3 (advanced to expert), between your nose and forehead depending on what you are riding

As with skis, if you are heavier, go longer and/or wider, if you are thinner, go shorter and/or narrower. Also, make sure your board is wide enough to avoid toe drag, caused by the toes sticking out over the edge of the board. Many of the other factors that apply to skis apply to snowboards, too. Shorter boards are going to be slower but easier to control while longer boards are faster but require more effort to control. Our boards are largely All-Mountain boards that will fare well in the park, power, and on the groomed trail. Freeride boards are the longest, best suited for off-trail riding while Freestyle boards are the shortest and are at home in the park. If you are getting good with the rental boards and want to try something else, we have demo boards suited to all types of riding to help you hone your skills.

But the most important thing of all is to have fun. Don’t make it too complicated; it’s not rocket science. And having the right equipment will make it that much more fun, so do give these factors consideration when you are picking out your gear. And talk to our technicians; they are all certified in fitting boots to the skis and boards, and fitting the skis and boards to you! All are certified for the equipment we carry in our shop.

Think snow!

A Few Words on Boot Fitting

As you can imagine, proper boot fit comes up in conversation at The Ski Renter quite a bit, so here are some key points. For boots, the watch words are “snug (like a glove), but not too tight”; you don’t want to cut off circulation, but you don’t want your foot loose in the boot, either. If the boots are too loose, or have too soft a flex in them, it will be more difficult to control the skis; and they won’t be as safe.

A lot of people want to walk around in the boots to see if they are comfortable. Remember, ski and snowboard boots are not designed to walk in, they are designed to give you support and control while you are skiing or snowboarding.

Ski boot and snowboard boot fitting are actually pretty similar. When you are standing straight or sitting, your longest toe may touch the front of the boot. However, when you flex your knees forward into your skiing or snowboarding position, this should pull your toes back so they are just barely touching or not quite touching the front of the boot. Too tight or too loose can cause discomfort or pain and will make it harder to control your skis. Your toes should just barely touch or not quite touch. Remember, snug, but not too tight means the boot fit is just right!

Remember, wear socks designed for snow sports when you ski or ride. They will cushion your foot inside the boot, they will help keep your feet warm, and they will keep your feet drier than regular socks. And remember to wear the same or similar socks when you get your boots fitted that you will wear when you are on the slopes. Otherwise, they won’t fit the same. We have snow sports socks available at The Ski Renter for you to try on when you are being fitted for boots, and we sell snow sports socks, too! So now there’s no excuse.

Think snow!

Awesome conditions!


Up to a foot and a half of new snow, and now the forecast is cool and sunny for the next week or two. All of the resorts are reporting powder or packed powder. That’s almost perfect conditions for most of us, with ski hills reporting snow depths ranging from 75 inches to 140 inches! We are looking forward to a great President’s “Ski” Weekend coming up (February 13th, 14th and 15th). And for many, the entire week! So enjoy (and remember, “sunny” means use sunscreen)!

On another note, we just got back from the annual ski show in Denver last week, where we previewed the equipment coming out later this year and placed our orders for next season. It was an awesome show, and great new equipment! We can hardly wait to get next year’s gear on our racks! It just keeps getting better and better!