OK, so we've been busy getting grants, donations, selling junk, etc., etc., so that we could pay off our debts and build up an account to cover the cost of some better stuff and more sustainable grooming equipment.
That being said, we just spent a ton this fall on the groomer (~ $7,500), some auxiliary stuff like a trail utility trailer, a couple of lightweight grooming implements for certain conditions and situations, and assorted maintenance items that had to be purchased to get things back in order. The chainsaws have also taken a lot of abuse and suck up some money to keep running! Even without the grooming expenses, we've had to make a bunch of runs around the trails to keep things clear.
It has taken several years of miserly spending and a lot of effort and to build up the account to something we were comfortable with, but now it is going to be a little bit fragile until we get some more grants, donations, sell some more junk, etc., etc. We got off to a pretty good start this year with everyone's generous donations and memberships. Hopefully, El Nino will kick in and we'll see a bunch of great snow, which will be groomed to perfection with our new high-tech groomer.
We don't have a lot of grooming help, so we'll see how the schedule works out. There may be some gaps in the grooming if no one is available. If you're able and willing, we could use some help here and there. Even if you can't groom, go out after snowstorms and ski pack (or snowshoe pack) the trails. That really helps, actually!
Hope for some snow!!