Snow Is In the Forecast

We were getting worried!

It hasn’t snowed significantly in several weeks. There is still plenty of snow on the mountains… as of today at Squaw, for example, there is 35” at base and 83” on top. Still, it’s old snow, ice and slush. It’s OK where it’s groomed, but there hasn’t been much powder, if any. But don’t despair; the snow is back!

The mountains received several inches the past few days, with more predicted for this coming Saturday through Tuesday the 17th; 20 inches over the next week! The lines won’t be as long now that the big holidays are over, and the drive to and from the slopes should be much easier, too. So stop by, pick up some gear and head for the mountains!

Out of town visitors with no gear? Here on a temporary assignment and didn’t bring your equipment with you? In addition to skis and snowboards, we rent pants, jackets, after ski boots, cross-country skis and snowshoes—and really, pretty much anything else you might need. we try to be your one stop shop for snow sports! Why buy when you can rent?

Remember that when you rent from us, you are supporting a family-owned, green-certified business, with one of the largest inventories in the Valley. Our goal is to provide you great equipment and great service at competitive prices, just like we have been doing for the past 46 years. So come see us. We are The Ski Renter of Cupertino, 10675 S. De Anza Blvd. If you have been here in the last few years, we have your measurements on file. Just email us to make a reservation at tsr@theskirenters.com or call 408-255-9600. And remember — think snow!

The Mountains are Calling

Enjoy the snow this weekend!

Conditions are the best we’ve seen all year. There’s even snow on Mt. Hamilton. Wait a minute, snow on Mt. Hamilton? But that’s right here in Silicon Valley! Well, we do get several days of snow each year on the hills around the Valley, but it’s a walk-up — no lifts! It would be nice if we could ski on the hills around the Valley… but we can’t. The good news is that the mountains have snow in the forecast!

We’re expecting 8″ at Sugar Bowl, 7″ at Kirkwood, 7″ at Bear Valley, 7″ at Sierra-at-Tahoe, 6″ at Donner, and 6″ at Squaw. We have skis, snowboards, and more at The Ski Renter. Give us a call at (408) 255-9600, or better yet, visit us at 10675 De Anza Blvd., Cupertino. Let us help you gear up before heading east to start carving your favorite ski hill. Why buy when you can rent? And don’t forget to keep thinking snow!

Ski Season and a Sale are Upon Us!

Up to four feet of snow predicted over the next 5 days! Five feet over the next 10 days!

Ski season is upon us, and we are off to a great start! Are you ready? If you have your own equipment and your skis need waxing, edging, or a full tune-up, bring them in. That’s one of our specialties and we have the best pricing in the valley.

Not skiing or snowboarding, but going to the snow this weekend? The Ski Renter rents pants, jackets and after ski boots. Want to go sledding? We rent sleds, too! And, of course, as our name implies, we rent skis, snowboards, x-country skis, and snowshoes. Our new gear just arrived, is on the shelves and ready to go!

If you are thinking of leasing your equipment for the season, now’s the time. Come in this weekend and get it done!

Looking for some easy Christmas gifts? We just received a new order of some really cool beanies, socks, gloves and goggles. They make great stocking stuffers! We just expanded our Hydro Flask inventory, too. Hydro Flask is the top name in beverage containers. Check ‘em out!

We’re having a Black Friday sale—15% off all retail! Just head to The Ski Renter at 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino. We’ll be open from 10am-3pm. Questions? Give us a call at 408-255-9600. We’re friendly, green-certified, and family owned. Keep thinking 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!

Snow!

It’s here! 22 inches at Kirkwood, 18 inches at Dodge Ridge, 17 inches at Bear Valley, 16 inches at Boreal, 14 inches at Squaw, 13 inches at Northstar, and 12 inches at Heavenly. Another storm is expected next week! The experts are projecting anywhere from 11 inches (low projection for Mt. Rose) to 30 inches (high projection for Dodge Ridge and Squaw). It can always change, but that’s the current forecast for the next ten days.

We have 500 pairs of skis and 250 snowboards that are ready to get out on the slopes, along with almost everything else you might need to help ensure a great trip! All of our fitting technicians have just finished re-certifying for the season, so come in and let us set you up. After all, why buy when you can rent? And don’t forget to think snow!

Don’t hang up your skis yet!

Just when you were getting ready to hang up your skis for the season, more snow is coming!

Depending on the hill, and the elevation, it looks like we will see some rain Thursday and Friday, and snow late Friday night, with snow levels dropping to lake level by Saturday afternoon, delivering another 4” to 10” of new snow Saturday and Saturday night. Then another storm is expected Tuesday, which could deliver another foot of snow. And right behind that storm is another that could deliver an additional foot of snow! Looks like Spring skiing may last well into May.

Most of the resorts plan to be open for at least another few weeks. Squaw and Alpine plan to stay open until the end of May as of this writing, Heavenly will stay open until April 24 at this point and many of the other hills are staying open until April 17. Be sure to include sunscreen in your list of things to take, and be sure to use it! Take advantage of these Spring conditions. There’s room for a few more days on the hill enjoying the snow. And if you need to rent skis or snowboards, need accessories, or just need to pick up a tube of sunscreen, we’re here, ready to serve you.

This weekend’s forecast: snow and a sale

Ah, winter! It just keeps going. And the snow keeps blowing.

This year, the season started off slow, but we are now having a “Miracle March.” 85 inches at the base of Squaw, 148 inches on top, and with more on the way! This latest storm only dropped a few inches, but we should see considerably more tonight and tomorrow. Then clearing Friday, light snows Saturday, and clear again on Sunday. Temperatures are dropping, so conditions should be good.

Need gear? Come see us at The Ski Renter in Cupertino. We rent: skis, snowboards, snowshoes, cross country skis, helmets and clothes. If you need accessories, we are having a sale on all of our retail, with up to 40% off on some items: helmets, gloves, goggles, socks, jackets, etc. And yes, we also carry camping gear! Keep thinking snow, and come see us this weekend!

Snow News: Recent Snowfall and Blue Bird Conditions!

In the last 72 hours, resorts in the Lake Tahoe area have received between 2 ft. and 5.5 ft. of fresh snow!

Boreal Mountain Resort has 65″ of new snow, Soda Springs has 59″ and Squaw Valley has 55″. We’re looking at Blue Bird conditions on the hills today and a decent week ahead!

So grab your skis… or better yet, rent ours! (That’s kind of what we do, here.) We rent skis and snow boards and all the other stuff that goes with it: boots, poles, snowshoes, parkas, pants, and helmets. We also sell everything else you might want: socks, gloves, goggles, beanies, thermals, helmets, neck gaiters, balaclavas, and more!

Visit our shop in Cupertino at 10675 S. De Anza Blvd., Ste. 2. And don’t forget to think snow!

Snow Report: Temperatures are Dropping!

We just had some friends return from Northstar. They said the snow is slushy at the bottom in the afternoon, but very good up on top. And the snow-making machines are hard at work every night making more.

Even though it is in the 50’s during the day, it has been down to below freezing at night over the next week the temperatures are going to start dropping even more. Great conditions for the snow makers, and a chance for you to get in a little early spring skiing before the temperatures drop further and the next snows arrive. Take advantage of the hills not being too crowded and get out there and enjoy the slopes!

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and while we are always “thinking snow”, we are doing so even more this time of year! From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy holiday season.

Our hope for you is that you’re able to spend quality time with loved ones and maybe even hit the slopes for a truly White Christmas. Here’s some information on a few of the resorts:

Think of The Ski Renter if you’re needing rental gear before you head out of town. Also remember that we have some pretty great stocking stuffers: thermals, ski socks, beanies (even infant beanies), googles, sunglasses, gloves and more! Stay safe, enjoy the season, and think snow!