Looking to enjoy the outdoors?

The sun is shining and the weather is great, so this might be a good time to get out and go hiking and camping!

As of this writing, many parks and campgrounds are open, including Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Seacliff State Beach Campground, New Brighton State Beach, and many others. There is growing consensus that transmission risks are lower outdoors than inside. Hartford HealthCare rated camping as one of the lowest risk activities. However, due to the constant changing of openings and closings of parks, you will need to go online or contact the specific campground you plan to visit to find out if it is open to camping and/or hiking before you go.

And if you do go, go safe and be safe! Maintain proper social distancing, wear masks when in the company of others outside of your immediate family and wash your hands frequently.

The California State Parks has put out the following information:
The operations of the park system have been modified to provide an outdoor experience that reduces the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and modifications at each park may vary. Consequently, the public is advised to plan ahead—check the webpage of their local outdoor destination before leaving home to find out if it is open, what new guidelines are in effect and if parking is available.

The Ski Renter is doing limited rentals this summer season due to COVID-19, but would be happy to help you with rentals of 2-burner stoves, lanterns and bear canisters.

Since we do not have regular hours this summer, please email us at tsr@jaimem28.sg-host.com to make a reservation and we will get back to you within an hour or two at the most to arrange a pickup day and time that is convenient for you. Please make sure you are wearing your mask when entering the shop. Our staff will also be wearing masks and will be following all protocols for our customers’ safety and their own safety.

Remember – enjoy the sun, but please enjoy it carefully!

The Ski Renter
10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014
408-255-9600  |  tsr@jaimem28.sg-host.com

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 www.bringfido.com 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 tsr@jaimem28.sg-host.com. The Ski Renter, 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2, Cupertino. Remember—why buy when you can rent?

Set up Camp for Memorial Day Weekend!

Spring has sprung and Memorial Day is just around the corner! Did you miss our sale because you were getting the last run of the season in the mountains? No sweat—we still have equipment for sale!

Camping season is now in full swing, so get outside with great summer gear rentals from The Ski Renter. We have everything you need for your backpacking and camping adventures! Don’t have time to stop by during the week? Just give us a call and we can reserve equipment for you.

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

Camping with Man’s Best Friend!

Cool Weather Camping with Canines

The weather has cooled down a little – perfect camping weather! Want your dog to join you on your camping trip? See below listings for some of the places where you can take your dog camping with you. Just remember to bring plenty of water, food, poop bags and a leash for your furry friend.

  1. Boulder Creek: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
  2. Capitola: New Brighton State Beach
  3. Monterey County Parks Campgrounds
  4. Morgan Hill: Henry W. Coe State Park
  5. Pescadero: Butano State Park
  6. Paicines: Pinnacles National Park
  7. Santa Clara County Parks Campgrounds
  8. Scotts Valley: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Campground

And remember – if you need gear:  tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, stoves, lanterns, coolers, or pretty much anything else, come rent it at The Ski Renter.

How Do You Beat the Labor Day Crowds?

Go Camping the Weekend Before Labor Day!

Beat the rush! Avoid the Labor Day crowds and go camping this weekend. The weather is great, so take advantage of it. 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@jaimem28.sg-host.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@jaimem28.sg-host.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.

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.

Labor Day Challenge: These 3 hikes in 3 days!

Three Awesome Hikes for a Three Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is a popular time to get outside with family and friends. This usually means that campgrounds are booked to overflowing and getting any last minute spots can be difficult if not impossible. Even if you missed the deadline for Labor Day camping reservations can still get outside with these three amazing hikes!

Levee Trail – Take the Levee Trail at Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area for a leisurely stroll through the 50-acre bayfront preserve with a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Arastradero Creek Loop – Hike around the Atastradero Creek Loop at Pearson-Arastradero Preserve for a beautiful mixture of rolling savanna grassland and broadleaf evergreen forest.

Indian Rock Trail – Trek up above the clouds on the Indian Rock Trail at Sanborn County Park and enjoy incredible views from the Santa Cruz Mountains.

All three of these hikes are less than a 30 minute drive from our store in Cupertino! Stop by on your way out for your Labor Day Weekend hike!

The Pinnacles Await!

Explore Pinnacles National Park for your Labor Day Adventure

Created in 2013, Pinnacles National Park is the newest addition to the National Park Service. While there travelers can journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms, while hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life.

Hiking – Pinnacles National Park has more than 30 miles of trails that showcase the beauty of the park up close and personal. Hikes range from flat stretches of grasslands to uphill climbs through talus caves onward to the rocky spires that Pinnacles is famous for.

Climbing – If you’re looking for a vertical adventure, Pinnacles National Park offers a variety of climbing routes that range from easy topropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge.

Caving – Pinnacles National Park has two main areas of caves: the Bear Gulch Caves and the Balconies Caves. Both have trails that can take you through the caves, but be sure to check ahead to make sure the caves will be open!

While you are there, be sure to watch for California condors, too. The California condor is one of the rarest birds, with only 450 left in the world. In 1980, there were only 27 birds left in the wild. All were captured and bred in captivity in order to save the species and later reintroduced into The Pinnacles. The California condor has a wingspan of 9.8 feet and weighs up to 26 pounds. Condors do not migrate and can be seen in the park year round.

There are currently 27 free-flying adult and juvenile condors at The Pinnacles managed by Pinnacles National Park.