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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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Detail on Strategy for Redevelopment of The Balsams

The Balsams, a historic New Hampshire resort, is proposed for redevelopment into one of the largest ski areas in New England. Headed by Les Otten, the development team has big plans for the remote mountain town in the White Mountains. Dave Belin of RRC Associates is quoted in this article from the New Hampshire Union […]

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Local Airport Critical to Tourism

Survey results of airline passengers using the Gunnison-Crested Butte airport (GUC) indicate the facility is a big reason many of them choose to come to the area to recreate. A research project from RRC Associates shows the impact of the airport on the local economy, accounting for $33 million in direct expenditures in the area. […]

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RRC Associates May 2015 Newsletter

Our monthly roundup of research insights for the recreation and tourism industries This month’s newsletter presents some current findings of interest from our recent projects. Additionally, it focuses on some of the topics and issues that we’ve been hearing about in conferences and meetings with mountain resort partners this spring. We welcome your input and […]

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Jackson Hole Pathways Use High

RRC Associates partnered with Headwaters Economics to conduct a study of Teton County, WY residents on their usage of pathways and trails in the area. Overall, 9 out of 10 residents use the pathways system at least occasionally, and half use them frequently. The Jackson Hole News & Guide has an article about the report’s findings. […]

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Winter spending piles up despite paltry snow at SW Colorado ski areas

Southwest Colorado resorts did not have a good snow year. But despite the lowest snowpack of any region in the state, skier visits were up in Telluride and Crested Butte and down only slightly at Purgatory and Wolf Creek. And those visitors spent big during the 2014-15 season, the resorts say.

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