John LaConte, Vail Daily

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Past articles by John:

Vail Yeti’s final matchup against FDNY ends with fistfights

The Vail Yeti hockey team routed their FDNY opponents this season, defeating the traveling team of New York City firefighters in all four of the matchups they saw in 2023. The final of the four... → Read More

Vail area lawmakers field questions about guns, water and I-70

Rep. Meghan Lukens and Sen. Dylan Roberts fielded questions from their Eagle County constituents on Sunday, updating voters on issues being discussed in the Colorado legislature. A group of about 30 voters gathered at the... → Read More

Time Machine: 50 years ago, double backflip gone wrong leads to Vail Mountain ban on inverted aerials

10 years ago March 16, 2013 Mikaela Shiffrin clinched the World Cup slalom title during her first full season of racing on the top circuit. She was 17 years old at the time. Shiffrin beat... → Read More

Big changes coming to Indy pass, the alternative to Epic and Ikon passes

The Indy Pass, independent ski areas’ answer to the Epic and Ikon mega passes, is undergoing some major changes, but current pass holders are unlikely to notice much of the shakeup. On Monday, those current... → Read More

Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass pass jumps $68 to $909

Vail Resorts began selling its 2023-24 season passes on Tuesday, with the top-tier Epic Pass offering unlimited access to Vail and Beaver Creek for $909. The $909 price point is a $68 jump from last... → Read More

Wilderness Workshop to host Homestake Valley hike on Saturday

Amid efforts to study a potential reservoir in the Homestake Valley near Red Cliff, Wilderness Workshop is hosting a hike on Saturday to showcase what would be lost in the drowning of the area. The... → Read More

Time Machine: 50 years ago, Eisnehower Tunnel opens to motorists

10 years ago March 4, 2013 More than 50 vehicles were tangled up in crashes and Interstate 70 was closed most of the afternoon as a heavy storm moved through the area, the Vail Daily... → Read More

Workers locate leak, restore water service in East Vail

A temporary fix has been completed on a leaky water main in East Vail, restoring service to the 14 single-family homes and four 6-unit buildings which went without running water for much of the week.... → Read More

I-70 reopens at Vail Pass; cow cleared from roadway

Snowy conditions on Vail Pass closed Interstate 70 eastbound at least twice on Tuesday, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The morning closure began at approximately 7:15 a.m. and lasted roughly 3... → Read More

Busiest day in Vail so far this season comes on Saturday, according to car count

The town of Vail allowed 541 cars to park for free Saturday on the South Frontage Road, the highest car spillover total yet recorded this ski season. The next highest road count occurred on Jan.... → Read More

Areas in East Vail without water service

A water leak on Glen Falls Lane in East Vail caused properties in the area to go without water service on Monday night. The limited outage area is contained to Glen Falls Lane and some... → Read More

Time Machine: 25 years ago, Vilar Center opens to the public

10 years ago Feb. 27 to March 3, 2013 The Burton U.S. Open visited Vail for the first time after spending nearly three decades at Stratton Mountain, Vermont. Event founder Jake Burton told the Vail... → Read More

70,000-gallon water loss in Minturn caused by tiny hole in private service line

A pipe with a hole smaller than a Roosevelt dime caused a 70,000-gallon water leak in Minturn on Jan. 19, shutting down water service in the town. Gusty Kanakis, a former Eagle River Water and... → Read More

Former Beaver Creek Resort manager details pay discrimination at Vail Resorts to state Senate committee

Michelle Siemer, a former operations manager at Beaver Creek Resort, testified Tuesday before the Colorado Senate’s Business, Labor and Technology committee in Denver, saying she and other women faced gender-based pay discrimination while working for... → Read More

Colorado could soon start using a new avalanche forecasting method following Joint Budget Committee recommendation

The Colorado General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday voted in favor of sponsoring a $1 million funding effort to help the Colorado Avalanche Information Center transition from a fixed zone forecasting method to a... → Read More

VIDEO: Fresh snow, sun on Vail Mountain

Vail Daily reporter John LaConte enjoys fresh-snow conditions on a sunny day in Vail. LaConte is riding a Weston Range snowboard. → Read More

Minturn Cemetery closes gates to prevent animals from entering, targets spring for fence fix

It will be spring before a welding project can blunt the deadly fence points at the Minturn Cemetery, but in the meantime, the gates through which animals are likely entering have been closed. The Minturn... → Read More

Time machine: 50 years ago, a memorable photo from a Vail Mountain ‘hotdog’ contest

10 years ago Feb. 21, 2013 The Eagle County Planning Commission approved a plan to develop 600 residences and 135,000 square feet of commercial space in Wolcott, the Vail Daily reported. The planning commission voted... → Read More

VIDEO: Skiing with Buzz on his 99th day of the season on Vail Mountain

Vail Daily reporter John LaConte talks to Buzz Schleper and Neil Conroy about how they’ve managed to keep Buzz’s Boards and Buzz’s Ski Shop in business for 40 years. He then tries (and fails) to... → Read More

A 40-year Buzz: Vail’s beloved ski and snowboard shop celebrates 4 decades in business

Once upon a time, skis were called boards, and snowboards did not yet exist. Minnesota native Buzz Schleper, after years of managing a ski shop in Vail, decided to start his own business, and named... → Read More