The 2020/21 season is off to a great start with new terrain open on the upper mountain.

Did a quick video of the ski conditions on Vail Mountain on December 23, 2015. 

Considering 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.

Off Ski Season Travelogues

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 visit. A different path as the trek to Croatia in 2013.

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

 There's extensive ski area information in the winter months including a snow report lift and terrain status, and the daily grooming report. 

Take a look at the  mountain web cams on the hill - or from those in the town itself.

Skiers do not need to use the ski reservation system for Vail and its sister resorts for the 2021/22 season as it has been discontinued.

 You can check out some "older" ski tips, and see a skier's exercise program.

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

Need a peek at the local weather,  click here.

Looking over at the Eiger on the trip to Grindelwald in 2004.

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 -


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 .

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

In May, 2018, we visited Lisbon, and then hiked part of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago.

Now for some fishing trips

March 2016 to El Pescador in Belize followed up by a second visit there in September to Banyon Bay

Best so far - Alphonse Island Resort in the Seychelles in October 2016, again in October 2017, in September, 2018, and October, 2019.

June of 2017's trip was to Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas.

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.

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

2019 started out with an interesting trip to Christmas Island in the South Pacific Lousy lodging but fun fishing. Another trip there in January, 2020.

In March we headed back to St. George's Caye for some decent tarpon hooking.  April took us to San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.

June brought us again to St. Georges Caye Resort where the tarpon fishing was even better than in the spring.  In July it was back to Kamalame Caye.

In 2020 the C19 virus shut us down until the fall when we finally went to Punta Pescadero in Mexico in September and Rancho Leonero in November.

2021 started well with a January visit to Atmosphere Kanifushi Resort in the Maldives.  A return to St. Georges Caye in April was less successful.  June's trip to Cocoa Plum was also a mixed bag.

- 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 with Germany about the Ertlrenz boots.  Stay tuned.)


Orv Petersen
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