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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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RRC Associates April 2014 Newsletter

The RRC Associates April newsletter is out!   New U.S. Forest Service Guidelines The U.S. Forest Service just released its directives for ski areas to expand use and infrastructure on federal lands for non-winter operations.  There are currently 122 ski areas on approximately 180,000 acres of forest service land, and according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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How Many People Are Visiting the Vail Valley?

Events have become a critical part of the Vail Valley’s economy, and the town of Vail puts up a lot of taxpayer money to support them — the Vail Commission on Special Events alone has a budget of nearly $1 million this year, and the town spent $400,000 in reserve funds to support this year’s […]

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City weighs primary versus second homeowners on fees

When the city of Aspen studies mitigation fees for residential projects, a key detail will be how primary households are viewed versus second homes.   As Mayor Steve Skadron said during Monday’s regular meeting, all single-family homes are not necessarily equal. During the consent calendar portion of the meeting, the council signed off on a […]

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The Future of Skiing in British Columbia

A recent article in the Vancouver Province looks at the challenges and opportunities for ski areas in British Columbia, including global climate change, ageing customers, summer activities, and others. RRC’s Nate Fristoe and his research for Canada West is cited several times.  

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