Why Support the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association?
|Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting environmentally sound recreation on or near the trails in the Methow Valley.
In an average year, 2/3 of MVSTA’s operating budget comes from winter trail pass sales, purchased by skiers who comprise ~40,000 skier days annually. The remaining 1/3 of our operating budget comes from generous contributions from passionate trail users/advocates and other federal, state, county, and private foundation grants. While grants can help us with capital projects like trail bridges and trailhead parking, they typically require matching funds and resources from individual supporters.
The Methow Valley Trails are a community supported vision and asset. If you value what we do, please help support our trails by making a donation.
- The Trails: MVSTA manages the nation’s largest winter trail system, and sets the industry standard for trail quality and skier experience. Most trails are available for hiking, biking, riding and running, free of charge in the spring, summer and fall.
- A Sustainable Economy: For over 30 years, the Methow trails have been the cornerstone of a unique community identity, and a thriving and sustainable local economy. Today, the trails generate $8.6 million annually in direct and indirect expenditures in the Methow Valley, and create 128 FTE equivalent local jobs.*2005 Economic Analysis Study*
- Our Community: MVSTA brings people together through trail activities, volunteerism (over 2500 service hours per year) events, and healthy, simple, shared experiences on the trails.
These employers allow you to support MVSTA through an employer supported gift program:
And Many More! Ask your human resources department if your company matches.
Our tax ID number is 91-1027957.
NEW! MVSTA Endowment “Trails for Life”
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) has spent the past 35 years developing the largest cross county ski center in the nation, and one of the most varied and scenic year round trail systems. Our community trails are the result of hardworking citizens, visionary leaders, and generous landowners. Now it is our responsibility to maintain these trails for life.
Thanks to a very generous $50,000 award from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington we are pleased to announce that we have officially opened an MVSTA endowment. With this award we are also contributing an additional $5,100 and will continue to add to this fund annually based on a percentage of our net ski pass revenues. These funds will be restricted but as they grow, through both our own and community contributions, we will be able to rely on a consistent return on the amount to either reinvest in the account or directly into the trails.
If you care about trails in the Methow Valley and you want to leave a lasting legacy for generations of trail users, consider a planned gift to our endowment. Planned gifts that are directed to our endowment will go directly towards maintaining and improving the quality of our trail system.
MVSTA always encourage supporters to work directly with a personal financial advisor when making significant philanthropic decisions.
2009-2012 MVSTA Revenue and Expenses
|Revenues Membership and Trail Passes||423,413||438,378||540,870||567,428|
|Sponsorships and Other||87,277**||123,296 **||38,792||42,716|
|General and Administrative||220,259||216,820||261,787||205,500|
|Trail Maintenance and Grooming||392,409||378,961||483,014*||391,367|
|Advertising and Fundraising||58,702||59,796||48,642||44,345|
|Net Income (Loss)||(26,907)||(8,568)||(102,975)||30,040|
* 2011 trail-related capital expenses included 2 significant bridge replacements (Wolf Creek and Beaver Pond) as well as decking replacement on the Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge.
** Higher revenue than an average years due to the sale of Pisten Bully snoCAT in 2010, and WISR Rink Revenue in 2009, when MVSTA was still managing the Rink.