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Grand Profile to share initial data on Nov. 5

RRC Associates is partnering on an important study profiling the economy, demographics, strengths, and opportunities of Grand County, Colorado. On Nov. 5, the first unveiling of a comprehensive analysis of Grand County’s economic drivers and outlook will take place at a meeting open to the public. The county-wide, collaborative effort, dubbed “The Grand Profile,” has […]

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Presentation to Steamboat Springs Business Community

RRC’s Director of Consulting Services, Dave Belin, presented some information on mountain town economies at the Steamboat Chamber Economic Summit. Topics included demographics, real estate, sales tax, jobs and employment, enplanements, education, and other indicators. Steamboat Springs is a well-diversified economy that has recovered from the economic recession, though the rebound has not been as […]

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RRC Associates August 2014 newsletter

The RRC Associates August 2014 newsletter is out. Our monthly roundup of research insights for the recreation and tourism industries includes IRONMAN, geocoding, millennials, mountain biking and more!

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RRC Associates July 2014 Newsletter

RRC Associates Newsletter July 2014 Our monthly roundup of research insights for the recreation and tourism industries RRC Welcomes Two New Employees Lot Geels Lot is originally from the Netherlands and moved to Boulder, CO in March 2014, to join her husband. She completed her PhD at the department of Biological Psychology at the VU […]

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Vail economic recovery is strong

Mountain resorts have recovered in many ways from the financial bust of 2008 and the slumping economy. Vail has been one of the leaders in that recovery, but other resorts are actually doing better in some ways. The town of Vail recently hired RRC Associates, a Boulder-based market research firm, to create a competitive analysis […]

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RRC Associates May 2014 Newsletter

The RRC Associates May newsletter is out!   Unused Vacation Days It’s hard to believe, but many U.S. workers don’t use all their vacation time – and lose that benefit at the end of the year. I know what you’re probably thinking: “I’ll take some of those vacation days!” Estimates of the total unused vacation days vary […]

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Ski area Word Cloud

We sometimes use Word Clouds to display open ended comments from our research projects. Here is an example of the responses to a question about a ski area’s greatest strengths. This winter resort is obviously well-known for its great snow, but it has other strengths, too, like the friendly staff, the terrain, and the atmosphere.  

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Western drought clips skier visits across U.S.

One of the worst winters ever on the West Coast dragged total visits to the nation’s ski resorts down to the third-lowest mark in a decade. The National Ski Areas Association’s tally of U.S. skier visits for the 2013-14 season reached 56.2 million, a decline of 1.3 percent from last season and below the 10-year […]

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Snowsports Season Preliminary Numbers

Deep snowpack and ongoing storms mean the season still isn’t over in many parts of the country. But preliminary numbers from the latest Kottke End of Season Report show that ski and snowboard visits fell 1.3 percent to 56.2 million this season compared to 56.9 million visits the previous year. “It was a tale of […]

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