The 2017/18 season is looking a lot better than it did earlier this winter.  Snow levels are pretty much normal.

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 too.


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. 

Check out the update on changes to the mountain for the 2017/18 ski seasons and find detailed restaurant reviews. 


Of general interest is our Best of Vail ranking of restaurants, mountain dining, night life, ski shops, and favorite ski runs.  For summer activities preview some trail hikes.

The other seasons bring fly fishing to mind.  Here's the main page for that sport or what we might be hooking right now.


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Considering a trip to a different ski area?

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

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.

Summer Travels

If you've ever thought about visiting Turkey, here's the detail of a 2011 trip to that country (with video).

Or maybe Spain?  This was a 2012 fall trip.

How about off the beaten path to  Croatia in 2013.

Adrift at sea in 2014 on the way to Polynesia.

For 2015 the fall trip was to Dubai and Mauritius - both places very interesting.

2016. Finally some fishing in Belize at El Pescador followed by Banyon Bay, and St. Georges Caye in January, 2017.

Even better was the same year's 2016 trip to Alphonse Island in the Seychelles and again visited in 2017.

2018 began with a January trip to Swain's Cay in the Bahamas followed by Hopkins Bay in Belize in March.

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

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


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




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