The 2018/19 season is great.  Snow levels are over the top this year.

Did a quick video of the ski conditions on Vail Mountain on December 23, 2015.  Here's what we found.  With Mother Nature's help the powder will keep dumping on us this season.

Considering a different ski area?

Here's a review of a 2001 trip to our sister city of St. Moritz.

You've connected to a specialized site based in the Vail Valley.  

If you're headed up here snow sliding this season and new to the area, start with our Vail Mountain Insider page

 There's extensive ski area information in the winter months including a daily snow report , slope grooming, "What's Open Today" lift status update, and views of  snow conditions and web cams on the hill

You can read a few equipment suggestions, check out some ski tips, and see a skier's exercise program and also select from a compilation of skiing videos of friends and ski clients.

Sometimes we fly fish a bit in the cooler months too.  Here's our fishing updates page with other reports going back into the 90s as well.







In 2002 we visited Whistler.  That was followed by a 2003 vacation to Taos.

Europe and Grindelwald, Switzerland was the ticket for 2004 repeated in 2007 by a trip to Lech, Austria.

We stayed in the states in 2005 doing the "Colorado  5 in 5", and then traveled to Montana and Wyoming in 2008.

In January, 2009, we were off to Snowbird, Solitude, and Deer Valley in Utah.

Other Travelogues and Fishing Trips

If you've ever thought about visiting Turkey, here's the detail of a 2011 trip to that country.   Or maybe Spain?  This was a 2012 fall trip.  Off the beaten path to Croatia in 2013.

We were adrift at sea in 2014 on the way to Polynesia.  For 2015 the fall trip was to Dubai and Mauritius - both very interesting .

March 2016 - finally a fishing trip vacation - this one to El Pescador in Belize followed up by a second Belize visit in September to Banyon Bay

Best trip so far - Alphonse Island Resort in the Seychelles in October 2016, again in October 2017 and once more in September, 2018.   June of 2017's trip was to Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas.

Bucket list stuff - W Hotel in Barcelona and Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi - July 2017.

2018 began with a January trip to Swain's Cay in the Bahamas followed by Hopkins Bay in Belize in March, and St. Georges again in April.

In May of the same year we visited Lisbon, and then hiked part of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago.

Ah!  More fishing - Kamalame again in July of 2018.  In August of that year Rancho Leonero in Mexico.  Last outing for 2018 back to St. Georges Caye.

2019 started out with an interesting trip to Christmas Island in the South Pacific.  Lousy lodging, but fun fishing.

In March we headed back to St. George's Caye for some fun tarpon fishing.

Boot Fitting Technology -Then and Now

Just for fun compare the custom Strolz boot fitting done In Lech, Austria in 2008 in the upper video -

- to the latest technological advance below - an Ertlrenz fitting done in Vail in 2012.


Both operations produced great fitting boots - albeit at fairly tasty prices.

(Here's a note about this product in March of 2019.  Apparently there are some servicing problems from Germany about the Ertlrenz boots.  Stay tuned.)


Orv Petersen
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