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Announcing on Swaney’s run was as deplorable as the run itself (editorial)

February 23, 2018 — Last week I watched North Korean skier Kim Ryon Hyang take on the giant slalom at the 2018 Olympics. It was pretty ugly. But that was to be expected. After all, it's the Olympics, where small countries are allowed to send their best, even if

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VIDEO: From flyover country to the powdery slopes of Vail

February 23, 2018 — VIDEO: Vail Daily On the Hill reporter John LaConte is joined by Minnesota skier Bruce Larson, who has managed to make the first page of the Epic Mix Leaderboard for the 2017-18 season by skiing at the small resort of Afton Alps. On the Hill

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VIDEO: Dumping snow on Vail Mountain

February 20, 2018 — On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute VIDEO: Snowboarding Vail Mountain on Tuesday, Feb. 20, Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte heads into the trees near Chair 14 to find the soft snow

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VIDEO: 19 inches of new snow in the last week at Vail

February 17, 2018 — On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute VIDEO: Snowboarding Vail Mountain on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte heads into the trees near Chair 10 to find the soft snow

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Juniors race well in prestigious Liechtenstein event

February 14, 2018 — The ski race known as the "7 Nations" took place in Liechtenstein this year, and for an event that welcomes 14- and 15-year-old athletes only, it was a rare and difficult travel opportunity. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail qualified five ski racers from the U16

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Avon Town Council denies 210-room hotel and condo project on eastern edge of town

February 14, 2018 — AVON — It has been said that the best incentive a town can provide for a developer is to make it clear what the town wants to see in the space the developer owns, and then make the process of creating that concept as straightforward

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Minturn event attracts more than 400 cross-country skiers

February 12, 2018 — MINTURN — Usually when skiers pack this small town during the month of February, they've been brought here by nearby Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. Over the weekend, however, Minturn provided its own attraction as the largest Nordic race ever to hit town filled the

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Avon council told hotel development re-zoning request is confidential; it isn’t

February 12, 2018 — AVON — A rezoning application for a large hotel development was presented to the council as being "confidential" in a memo from the town manager in January. The development is not confidential, Town Attorney Eric Heil confirmed in a memo to council released to the

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VIDEO: Snowy conditions in Vail

February 12, 2018 — On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute VIDEO: Snowboarding Vail Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 10, Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte finds the soft snow while delivering a high-speed conditions report on his

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Large group of locals make junior nationals in Nordic

February 11, 2018 — MINTURN — Ski & Snowboard Club Vail will boast the largest representation of athletes at the US Ski & Snowboard Cross-Country Junior National Championship this year, with 13 young Nordic skiers now qualified. The Nordic races at Maloit Park on Sunday, Feb. 11, marked the

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Town of Vail adjusts e-bike rules to align with Colorado’s laws regulating them

February 8, 2018 — VAIL — The nation is divided in more ways than one. When Colorado revised its laws regarding electric-assist bikes during 2017, 25 states in the U.S. considered e-bikes to be regular old bicycles, while 25 states regulated them as mopeds, motor-driven cycles, or motorized bicycles.

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New hotel in Avon could add 185 rooms, 25 condos, 8 workforce units, if approved

February 7, 2018 — AVON — The town planning commission on Tuesday, Feb. 6, recommended rezoning a U.S. Highway 6 parcel at the edge of town to make way for a new hotel and condominium project. The now-vacant land is known as the Folson Property for its former owner,

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VIDEO: Soft snow, sunny skies on Vail Mountain

February 7, 2018 — On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute VIDEO: Snowboarding Vail Mountain on Wednesday, Feb. 7, Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte finds the soft snow while delivering a high-speed conditions report on his

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VIDEO: A foot of fresh snow and counting on Vail Mountain

February 6, 2018 — On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute VIDEO: With 11 inches reported in 24 hours as of 5 a.m., and more continuing to fall all morning, Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte finds

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VIDEO: Blizzard conditions at Vail

February 5, 2018 — On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute VIDEO: During a snow storm on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte reports from the Red Square run on Vail Mountain. In

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VIDEO: Hovland snowskaters convene on Vail Mountain

February 4, 2018 — On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute VIDEO: Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte is joined by a large group of snowskaters from HovlandSnowskates.com on Vail Mountain following the Snowsports Industries of America

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Vail’s Steadman Clinic doctors Randy Viola and Tom Hackett heading to Olympics

February 2, 2018 — Vail is sending a big group to the Olympics, and we're not just talking about athletes. The Steadman Clinic, based in Eagle and Summit counties, has a long and proud tradition of being the primary orthopedic provider for the U.S. Ski Team, going back to

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VIDEO: Discussing conditions, sunscreen powder and X Games at Vail

February 1, 2018 — On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute VIDEO: Vail Daily On the Hill correspondent John LaConte is joined by Avon local Taylor Seaton for a discussion of his recent X Games performance, the powder sunscreen

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Hip-hop in freeskiing: Why Method Man & Redman were a perfect fit for X Games

January 31, 2018 — As live music merged with action sports over the weekend at X Games, the image that comes to mind is Henrik Harlaut at the bottom of the big air jump, wearing a Wu-Tang sweatshirt and celebrating his win with rappers Method Man & Redman. For

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Gorsuch gets Xtreme: 3 of top 5 skiers at halfpipe comp using shop’s new technology

January 27, 2018 — EAGLE-VAIL — At the X Games on Thursday, Jan. 25, three of the top five skiers had a unique connection through Vail — they were all assisted by new technology being employed by Gorsuch. The shop just opened a new tuning center in Eagle-Vail, where

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