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Aspen Summer Visitor Study Results

The summer season visitor to Aspen is most likely to hail from Colorado and will spend an average of $306 per day in the resort community, according to research conducted by RRC Associates.  The Aspen Chamber Resort Association presented the study of 2016 non-winter guests, which also found that more than a quarter of Aspen’s summer […]

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In Climbing Mode

A study of how to position Aspen as the epicenter of uphill fitness in North America found that brand building plus more events and infrastructure related to earning your turns could put the valley and region in position to take advantage of a growing sector of the snow sports industry. The city-commissioned “Uphill Economic Development […]

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Ski Industry Targeting Millennials

Millennials represent the largest group of snowboarders and skiers, but they also participate the fewest number of days per season. The figures show that the industry will need to increase the frequency of the millennial participant to match that of the exiting baby boomer. “That’s a significant wakeup call for us,” said Nate Fristoe, director of […]

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Report on Mountain Recreation in Valdez Published

A long anticipated report that compares the merits and drawbacks to three competing projects to develop mountain recreation in Valdez has been published. The report, commissioned by the council in 2015, is a voluminous compilations that takes an in-depth look at existing summer tourism in Valdez and lucrative winter sports industry. Read more from the Valdez […]

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Mt. Bachelor a Peak Northwest Experience

For decades, Mount Bachelor has lured skiers to Central Oregon with the promise of consistent, fresh powder and some of the finest downhill skiing in the Pacific Northwest. Its lack of surrounding development or overnight accommodations makes it a relative bargain compared to luxury resorts in the heart of the Rocky Mountain range.  

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Report finds disparities in access and use of Taos area trails

A recent research firm report found there is “inequitable access” to trails in the Taos area. Montana-based Headwaters Economics — a nonpartisan research firm — released the report based on a survey, conducted by RRC Associates, of 364 Taos County residents earlier this year. In general, the survey found broad support for expanding and improving trails. […]

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Tourism is key for Blaine County

New hotels and increased air service are critical to growth in the tourism sector in Sun Valley, ID. Read a detailed overview of the tourism economy in Blaine County from the Idaho Mountain Express.

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RRC Associates December 2015 Newsletter

Research Insights for the Recreation & Tourism Industries This month’s newsletter presents some opportunities to be involved in new research, local happenings, event updates, and more.  We welcome your input and feedback at info@rrcassociates.com. Understanding Beginner Skiers and Snowboarders Now heading into its second season, the new NSAA Beginner Conversion study is a multi-year national […]

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Recent survey details business climate in Routt County

Few surprises are included in the analysis of a business climate survey commissioned by Routt County and given to a sample of business owners this spring. The 122 survey respondents lauded Routt County as a place to do business because of a diverse economy, quality schools and a generally positive, supportive atmosphere. However, many of the same […]

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Study puts numbers to Eagle County airport impact

The Eagle County Regional Airport brings a lot of people, and their money, to the Vail Valley. A recent study has put firm numbers behind that broad statement, and those numbers are impressive. The numbers come from a study about airport visitors during the 2014-15 ski season. The statistically valid survey was conducted by RRC Associates, […]

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