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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Ski areas across the US reported a stronger season in 2013-14, with the exception of the Pacific West regions. Read about how the visits, lodging numbers, and revenues performed this winter went at The Denver Post’s Balance Sheet Blog.
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 […]
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 […]