April 8, 2020
Thanks to your membership this season the JNSC has been able to groom over 135 days so far. Collectively memberships fund equipment operations and maintenance, repairs and trail grooming. With the dedicated Volunteer Grooming Corps trails are groomed almost daily and in phenomenal skiing condition in all sorts of weather.
A few weeks ago, after 13 winters of use, one of the workhorse snow machines went down for good. Logically, when the cost of equipment repairs is close to the cost of new, its time to seriously consider replacement. The JNSC Trail Bosses put their heads together and advised the Board it would be best to replace with a Can Am, a tracked vehicle used for grooming. The cost will be around $20,000 once the 4-wheeled version is converted to tracks.
The JNSC is actively looking and applying for grant funding and appealing to members for matching dollar donations. You can make a donation on the JNSKI.ORG website or send a donation through the mail to P.O. Box 21262, Juneau, AK 99802. Your help will bring JNSC much closer to the amount needed to make a purchase and be ready to groom all the usual trails by next season.
In this time of COVID-19, the ability to provide safe outdoor spaces where people can physically and easily distance is a benefit to Juneau residents. As we move towards, yet away from each other on the groomed trails, we can still ‘socialize’ by waving, stopping to converse at a physical distance, and keep our spirits lifted. Keep up the good work with social distancing! And see you on the trails in the near future.
Thank you for your skiing enthusiasm, your support, and membership.
PC: Betsy Fischer