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John LaConte

A lifelong snowboarder who has authored news stories in ESPN, the Denver Post, the Philadelphia Tribune , Vail Daily reporter John LaConte says his passions are, simply, “riding and writing.”

LaConte began his career at the CBS News affiliate in Palm Springs, California, in 2003, and took his experience in TV and print media full circle in 2012 when he pioneered the “On the Hill” form of action camera video reports for the Vail Daily. On the Hill has since been featured on the SBNation, Transworld Snowboarding and Onboard Magazine websites and has won numerous awards from the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Associated Press and the Local Media Association.

LaConte is a father of two whose children are now fourth-generation Vail residents after his grandmother moved to town in the early ’70s. LaConte’s enthusiasm for board sports comes from his father, who was a skateboarder in the 1960s and still owns his original Makaha Red Commander. Among LaConte’s proudest accomplishments is his induction into the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Ravinos, an extreme lifestyle club with nearly 50 years of colorful history in Vail. Follow him on Instagram @johnlaconte

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