Table of Contents

1.    Overview

2.    Authentication

A.    Creating an account

B.    Signing in with Google / Facebook

C.    Resetting your password

3.    Trail Report – County Level

A.    Viewing a trail report

B.    Submitting a trail report

C.    Subscribing to a trail report

D.    Unsubscribing from a trail report

E.    Viewing a weather forecast

4.    Trail Status – Trail Segments

A.    Viewing a trail condition

B.    Updating a trail condition

C.    Subscribing to a trail segment

D.    Unsubscribing from a trail status

5.    Boondocking

A.    Uploading personal trail data from your GPS

B.    Viewing Boondocking (personal) trail data

C.    Sharing Boondocking (personal) trail data with GT members

D.    Deleting personal trail data

6.    Saved Routes

A.    Building a saved route

B.    Viewing a saved route

C.    Editing a saved route

D.    Sharing a saved route

E.    Removing a saved route

7.    POI’s

A.    Displaying POI’s on the map

B.    Submitting a POI

8.    Newsfeed

A.    Newsfeed Content

B.    Removing newsfeed content

9.    Email Alerts

10.     Notification bell

A.    Types of notifications

B.    Clearing a notification

11.     Classifieds

A.    Posting a classified listing

B.    Updating / modifying a classified listing

C.    Responding to a classified listing

D.    Classified expiration period

E.    Deletion of expired classified listing

12.     Forums

A.    Starting a new topic

B.    Editing a forum topic

C.    Replying to a topic

D.    Subscribing to a forum topic

E.    Unsubscribing from a forum topic

F.    Searching the forums

13.     News

A.    Explained

14.     Lodging

A.    Lodging Explained

B.    Finding a place to stay – Lodging Page

C.    Finding a place to stay –Trail Map

D.    Contacting a Lodging owner

E.    Leaving a review

F.    Advertising your Lodging listing

G.    Editing your Lodging listing

15.     Events

A.    View Posted Events

B.    Subscribe to Event Updates

16.     Newsletter

A.    Subscribe

B.    Unsubscribe / Manage Preferences

17.     Tips For Clubs / Groomers

A.    Subscribe to alerts for trails under your management

B.    Provide Updates / Reports

 

 

 

1. Overview

Groomed Trail was created to be used as a centralized tool, for snowmobilers and outdoor enthusiasts, to accurately plan trips based upon distance, trail availability, conditions, local points of interest and to also book lodging. Additionally, we have integrated  forums, news, events and classified sections into the site, to inspire additional collaboration within the Groomed Trail community.

We have also integrated a function to upload and store your own GPS trail data for trip planning, sharing with other Groomed Trail members, as well as for historical reference.

The site is 100% crowdsourced, meaning that all registered users have the ability to submit a trail report, or report specific conditions of a trail segment. By crowdsourcing this type of information, it will help keep the community alert to any issues that may impact their safety, or may help aid their decisions with trip planning.

Please review this user guide to become familiar with the features of the Groomed Trail site. Additionally we ask for your assistance in sharing our site with your friends, families and colleagues.

2. Authentication

A. Creating an account

To create a new account, you are required to be logged out of the Groomed Trail site, and viewing the main login page.

  • Click the “New Account” link in the upper right-hand corner of the login page.
  • Provide the following details:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Password
    • Email Address
  • Check the box, agreeing to the terms of the site, and then click “Create Account”.
  • You will receive the following message:

“Your account has been created successfully, please check your email for the verification link to activate your account.”

  • Log into the mailbox of the email address that was provided during the new user creation process, and look for the registration email.
  • Click the verification link, to confirm and finalize the account creation process.
  • You will then be redirected to the main login page.

B. Signing in with Google / Facebook

Groomed Trail leverages integrated authentication with both Google and Facebook. You may choose to forego the new account creation process and log in directly to the site with your Google or Facebook account.

  • Click either the Google or Facebook buttons on the main login page.
  • You will then be prompted to enter your Google or Facebook credentials. If you are already logged into either Google or Facebook, you will automatically be logged into the Groomed Trail site.

C. Resetting your password

There is currently only one option to reset your password. You must be logged out of the Groomed Trail site, and at the main login page.

  • Click the “Forgot your password” link at the bottom of the main login page.
  • Enter the email address associated with your account.
  • Click the “Submit” button and you will receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password.

To change the password of your Google or Facebook account, you must do so via each respective website. Groomed Trail does not store your credentials for Google or Facebook within our site.

3. Trail Report – County Level

A. Viewing a trail report

Trail reports are grouped by county, to provide an overall report of the general area. To view a trail report on the map:

  • Click on the “Map” menu link.
  • Select the applicable state, i.e. Michigan
  • Check the box marked “Trail Report”
  • On the map, you will see each county boundary appear, where groomed trails are currently present.
  • Click on the applicable county to view the latest trail report, who it was submitted by, who maintains the trails, as well as the current weather forecast.

B. Submitting a trail report

Any registered user may submit a trail report to be published on the Groomed Trail website.

  • Click on the “Map” menu link.
  • Select the applicable state, i.e. Michigan
  • Check the box marked “Trail Report”
  • On the map, you will see each county boundary appear, where groomed trails are currently present.
  • Click on the applicable county and then click “Update Trail Report”.
  • Enter the latest updates and conditions, and click “Submit”.

A Groomed Trail administrator will receive an alert that a new trail report has been submitted. The administrator will review the report and either approve or reject the update.

C. Subscribing to a trail report

  • Click on the “Map” menu link.
  • Select the applicable state, i.e. Michigan
  • Check the box marked “Trail Report”
  • On the map, you will see each county boundary appear, where groomed trails are currently present.
  • Click on the applicable county and then click “Subscribe for alerts”.

By subscribing to a trail report at the county level, you will now receive all reports that are submitted for that specific county. These will appear within your newsfeed on the main Map page, and additionally, they will be delivered to your email inbox.

D. Unsubscribing from a trail report

You may unsubscribe from any trail report, by browsing to your Dashboard > Subscriptions and Updates > My Subscriptions. From there, you can unsubscribe from individual trail reports.

E. Viewing a weather forecast

  • Click on the “Map” menu link.
  • Select the applicable state, i.e. Michigan
  • Check the box marked “Trail Report”
  • On the map, you will see each county boundary appear, where groomed trails are currently present.
  • Click on the applicable county and then click “Weather”.

4. Trail Status – Trail Segments

A. Viewing a trail condition

  • Click on the “Map” menu link.
  • Select the applicable state, i.e. Michigan
  • Check the box marked “Show Groomed Trails”.
  • All groomed trails will load to the map. Be patient, as there are tens of thousands of GPS data points to load!
  • Trail segments will appear in red, yellow or green.
    • Red = Closed
    • Yellow = Caution
    • Green = Open
  • Each trail segment may also contain additional information, regarding its current status.
  • Click on any trail segment to view its name, condition and distance.

B. Updating a trail condition

  • Click on the “Map” menu link.
  • Select the applicable state, i.e. Michigan
  • Check the box marked “Show Groomed Trails”.
  • All groomed trails will load to the map. Be patient, as there are tens of thousands of GPS data points to load!
  • Trail segments will appear in red, yellow or green.
    • Red = Closed
    • Yellow = Caution
    • Green = Open
  • Click on any trail segment to view its name, condition and distance.
  • Click on the “Update Trail Status” button.
  • Enter a reason for the status change.
  • Click the “Update Status” drop-down menu to change the status to:
    • Red = Closed
    • Yellow = Caution
    • Green = Open

A Groomed Trail administrator will receive an alert that a new trail status has been submitted. The administrator will review the status change and either approve or reject the update.

C. Subscribing to a trail segment

  • Click on the “Map” menu link.
  • Select the applicable state, i.e. Michigan
  • Check the box marked “Show Groomed Trails”.
  • All groomed trails will load to the map. Be patient, as there are tens of thousands of GPS data points to load!
  • Trail segments will appear in red, yellow or green.
    • Red = Closed
    • Yellow = Caution
    • Green = Open
  • Click on any trail segment to view its name, condition and distance.
  • Click on the “Subscribe” button.

D. Unsubscribing from a trail status

You may unsubscribe from any trail status, by browsing to your Dashboard > Subscriptions and Updates > My Subscriptions. From there, you can unsubscribe from individual trail reports.

5. Boondocking

A. Uploading personal trail data from your GPS

Groomed Trail was designed to accept GPS data in the KML (Keyhole Markup Language) format only. We acquire our data from numerous sources, and essentially filter this data through Google My Maps. With Google My Maps, you can import your own personal GPS data in the CSV, XLSX, KML or GPX format. Once uploaded, you can then export it, and upload it to the Groomed Trail website, as follows:

  • Import your data, in the above formats, to Google My Maps
  • Confirm that you trail data appears as expected on the map.
  • Rename / Manipulate the data to your specifications.
  • Export the data to KML format.

From your dashboard within the Groomed Trail website:

  • Click on “My Boondocking”.
  • Click “Upload New KML”.
  • Select the name of the state, where the trail data is located.
  • Enter a title for the personal data, i.e. “Off Trail Riding in Munising”.
  • Click the “Upload File” button, and select the KML file that you recently exported from Google My Maps.
  • Enter a description for the KML data.
  • Click “Submit”.

B. Viewing Boondocking (personal) trail data

From your dashboard within the Groomed Trail website:

  • Click on “My Boondocking”.
  • Locate the Boondocking trail of choice and click the “eye” icon to view the trail.
  • You will then be taken back to the main map page, where your Boondocking trail data will appear in ORANGE, along all of other trail data for the applicable state.

Additionally, your Boondocking trail data can be viewed by:

  • Starting at the main Map page, and then click the “Select Boondocking Trails” drop-down menu.
  • Select the applicable Boondocking trail.
  • Your data will appear in ORANGE, along all of other trail data for the applicable state.

C. Sharing Boondocking (personal) trail data with GT members

You can share your boondocking data with other members of the Groomed Trail community. Once your data has been uploaded to the site:

  • Browse to your Dashboard.
  • Click on “My Boondocking”.
  • Locate the Boondocking trail of choice and click the “sharing” icon.
  • A window will appear, requiring you to enter the name of the Groomed Trail member that you wish to share the trail with.
  • Enter the name of the user, and click on that user once they appear in the search results.
  • Click the check box next to the user and then click “Share”.
  • The user will then receive an email notification, with the details of the shared trail. They can then view this data within their own dashboard by clicking on the “Boondocking Shared With Me” button.

D. Deleting personal trail data

  • Browse to your Dashboard
  • Click on "My Boondocking".
  • Locate the applicable Boondocking trail, and click the trash can icon.

6. Saved Routes

Groomed Trail has an integrated a route planning feature, which will help you plan for future trips. With this feature, you can map your routes, using specific trail segments allowing for left/right turns at all trail intersections. This data can then be saved to your dashboard for future reference and can also be shared with other users of the Groomed Trail community.

A. Building a saved route

  • Click on the “Map” menu link.
  • Select the applicable state, i.e. Michigan.
  • Check the box marked “Show Groomed Trails”.
  • All groomed trails will load to the map. Be patient, as there are tens of thousands of GPS data points to load!
  • Trail segments will appear in red, yellow or green. Please make note of these conditions, and plan your routes around any of the closed trail segments.
    • Red = Closed
    • Yellow = Caution
    • Green = Open
  • Click on any trail segment to view its name, condition and distance.
  • Click on the “Add Route” button.
  • A new Route Planning window will appear.
  • From here, you can continue to click on additional trail segments and add them to the Route Planning window. The total distance will be incremented and calculated, with each addition of a trail segment.
  • Once finished, click the “Save Route” button.
  • Give the route a name and then click “Save”.

B. Viewing a saved route

Once you have saved your newly created route, you can view the route from within your dashboard, or directly on the map via the “Saved Routes” drop-down menu. Please note that if you have not refreshed the map page since the last saved route was added, it will not appear within the drop-down link.

From your dashboard within the Groomed Trail website:

  • Click on “Saved Routes”.
  • Locate the Saved Route and click the “eye” icon to view the trail.
  • You will then be taken back to the main map page, where your Saved Route  will appear in WHITE, along all of other trail data for the applicable state.

Additionally, your Saved Route can be viewed by:

  • Starting at the main Map page, and then click the “Saved Routes” drop-down menu.
  • Select the applicable Saved Route.
  • Your data will appear in WHITE, along all of other trail data for the applicable state.

C. Editing a saved route

Saved routes can be edited after they are saved, and when they have been made visible on the main Map page.

  • View the saved route, via your dashboard or from the Saved Route drop-down menu.
  • The Route Planning window appears along with the trail data. From here, you can add additional trail segments. Add a segment and click the “Update Route” button.
  • Or, you may remove a trail segment by clicking the “X” next to the applicable trail segment within the Route Planning window.
  • Save the route, after your changes have been made, by clicking the “Update Route” button.
  • You may also change the name of the saved route at this time, and then click “Update”.

D. Sharing a saved route

  • Browse to your Dashboard.
  • Click on “Saved Routes”.
  • Locate the Saved Route and click the “sharing” icon.
  • A window will appear, requiring you to enter the name of the Groomed Trail member that you wish to share the trail with.
  • Enter the name of the user, and click on that user once they appear in the search results.
  • Click the check box next to the user and then click “Share”.
  • The user will then receive an email notification, with the details of the shared trail. They can then view this data within their own dashboard by clicking on the “Routes Shared With Me” button.

E. Removing a saved route

  • Browse to your Dashboard.
  • Click on “Saved Routes”.
  • Locate the Saved Route and click the “trash can” icon.

7. POI’s

A. Displaying POI’s on the map

To display a POI on the map, navigate to the main Map page, and then expand the POI menu from the left side of the screen. Select one or many POI types to display them on the map. Each has a unique map marker to easily identify its specific type.

B. Submitting a POI

If you are the owner, or are aware of a business that should be displayed on our Groomed Trail map, please send the name, type, and address of the business to support@groomedtrail.com. We will review the submission, and add it to the site if applicable.

Lodging listings are a paid service, and will not be listed on the map for free. See the “Lodging” section of this User Guide, for instructions on how to list your accommodations.

8. Newsfeed

A. Newsfeed Content

Your newsfeed can be located on the main “Map” page of the Groomed Trail website. Expand the newsfeed to bring it into full view. Within the newsfeed, you fill find the following:

  • Trail Reports that you have subscribed to
  • Updates / Changes to Trail segments that you are subscribed to

B. Removing newsfeed content

To remove content that is displayed within your Newsfeed, click the “X” to the right of the applicable content.

9. Email Alerts

Email alerts will be generated for the following events:

  • Trail Updates
  • Trail Report Updates
  • Saved Routes
    • Creation / Sharing
  • Boondocking
    • Creation / Sharing
  • Forum replies
  • User Accounts
    • Account Activation / Deactivation
    • Profile Updates
    • Password Changes
  • Classifieds
    • Receipt of inquiry
    • Inquiry
  • Lodging
    • Creation of listing
    • Payment
    • Approval of listing
    • Expiration of listing
    • Booking Request
    • Review submissions

10. Notification bell

A. Types of notifications

  • Saved Routes
    • Creation / Sharing
  • Boondocking
    • Creation / Sharing
  • Forum replies
  • User Accounts
    • Account Activation / Deactivation
    • Profile Updates
    • Password Changes
  • Classifieds
    • Receipt of inquiry
    • Inquiry
  • Lodging
    • Creation of listing
    • Payment
    • Approval of listing
    • Expiration of listing
    • Booking Request
    • Review submissions

B. Clearing a notification

To clear an entry that is displayed within the list of notifications; under the notification bell, simply click on the item itself. You’ll be taken to the content of the notification, i.e. trail update, forum post, etc.

The notification count will decrease, each time you clear or remove a notification from the bell.

11. Classifieds

A. Posting a classified listing

Adding a new classified listing can be easily accomplished in one of two different ways.

  • Via your dashboard - From anywhere within the Groomed Trail website, click the “Dashboard” link at the top of your screen. From there, click “Classifieds Listings” and then click the “Add New Classified” button.
  • Via the main classifieds section of the site - From anywhere within the Groomed Trail website, click the “Classifieds” link at the top of your screen. From there, click the “Create Listing” button in the right-hand corner of your screen.

Enter the following information and click the “Submit” button.

  • Classified Title
  • Category
  • Upload Images
  • For Sale / Wanted
  • Location
  • Price
  • Detailed Description

Once the classified listing has been submitted, it will enter a “Pending Approval” state. An email notification will be sent to our Groomed Trail administrators for review. The administrator will then approve or reject the submission at that time. You will receive an email notification indicating the outcome, and you may then return to your dashboard to view or modify the listing.

B. Updating / modifying a classified listing

Updating or editing a submitted classified listing, can only be performed while the classified listing is in a “Pending Approval” or “Expired” status. If the listing is active, and already approved, you will need to delete and re-create the listing.

C. Responding to a classified listing

From within the classified listing itself, click the Contact Seller button, underneath the seller’s photo. Ensure that your name and reply-to email address are correct, and then enter your message to the seller. You may optionally enter your phone number as well.

Both you, and the seller, will receive an email initiating the conversation. All future correspondence in regards to the listing, will be done via your personal email addresses, and independent of the Groomed Trail website.

D. Classified expiration period

All classified listings will expire after 14 days from their posting date. Each listing within your dashboard will display a countdown timer, indicating the amount of time remaining on each listing.

E. Deletion of expired classified listing

You may choose to delete your classified listing, at any time, regardless of its status. Navigate to your dashboard and click on “Classifieds Listings”, or the main Classifieds listing page, and click on “My Listings”, to be taken to your dashboard. You can delete the listing, by clicking on the red trash can icon next to it. You will be prompted to confirm the deletion.

Groomed Trail admins may also delete expired listings at their discretion, after the listing has expired. This is in an effort to continually optimize the site.

12. Forums

A. Starting a new topic

To add a new forum topic, locate the parent category, i.e. Boondocking or Snowmobiling in Michigan, and click the “Start New Topic” button. If the “Add Topic” button is collapsed, click it to expand the forum submission window.

You may also expand the “Add Topic” button, from within the Forum topic itself.

Enter the Topic Title, Description, and optionally choose to drag/drop any of the emoticons from the slider, to the right of the text area. Click the “Post” button, and your new topic will appear immediately within the forums.

B. Editing a forum topic

If you are the original creator of the forum topic, you will have the ability to perform the following actions on your submissions.

  • Edit – Click the pencil icon
  • Delete – Click the trash can icon
  • Publish / Unpublish – Click the slider icon

C. Replying to a topic

All forum topics, and comments within the thread will have a “Reply” button next to them. Simply click the reply button, and reply to the thread.

D. Subscribing to a forum topic

All forum topics have a “Subscribe” button next to them. Click on the subscribe button to receive updates on all future posts to the topic.

Updates will be sent to the email address that is listed within your profile. Additionally, updates will appear within the notification bell, as well as your newsfeed.

E. Unsubscribing from a forum topic

All forum topics that you are subscribed to, have an “Subscribed” button next to them. Hover over the “Subscribed” button to see it change to “Unsubscribe”. Click the button to remove yourself from future topics replies.

Additionally, you may manage all of your subscriptions, to include forum topics, from your dashboard. Open your dashboard and click on “Subscriptions and Updates”.

F. Searching the forums

You may search the Groomed Trail forums, by entering your search criteria into the “Search Topics’ field at the top of the Forums page. Be sure to try different variations of your search, as our search engine is very specific to the spelling of words. Example; search for Ski-Doo and SkiDoo to return different topics.

13. News

A. Explained

Periodically, we will post news from around the snowmobiling community, for items such as legislation, temporary or permanent trail closures, etc. You can subscribe to the Groomed Trail News, as an aggregate of all potential news sources. Please do so, by completing the sign-up form at the footer of the website. We’re constantly looking for contributors, so please contact us if you would like to participate.

14. Lodging

A. Lodging Explained

Lodging is currently displayed on the Groomed Trail site, as a paid service, for lodging owners. Owners of hotels, vacation rentals, B&Bs, lodges, etc have the ability to advertise their listings on our trail map for an annual fee. Groomed Trail is not a property management company, nor a rental management system. We offer a visual method for advertising lodging, in proximity to groomed trails.

As a result, not all available lodging will be displayed on our map. Only paid listings will appear. We encourage you to help us spread the word to property owners that may not be listed on the Groomed Trail website.

B. Finding a place to stay – Lodging Page

To find a place to stay, using our main Lodging page, you may do the following:

  • Use the “Search Location” field at the upper left side of the Lodging Page. Type the city and state into the search field, to locate a property. You can also add additional filters to your search by clicking the “More Filters” button. You can then add the following to your search:
  • Property Type
  • Location Type
  • Features
    • Listings to the left of the page are randomized on each page refresh. You can hover your mouse over one of the listings to see it highlighted on the map. The map marker, for that listing, will turn red and the map will center itself. Click either the listing, of the map marker to view the details of the listing.
    • Visually locate a place on the map. If you are familiar with the area, and prefer to zoom into that location, you can simply click on the map marker of your choice to view a summary of the listing. Click the “View Detail” button to view the full listing.

C. Finding a place to stay –Trail Map

Using the Groomed Trail map page, you can also locate a listing in proximity to the groomed trail system. To do so, perform the following actions:

  • From the top menu, select the applicable state.
  • Then check the box for “Show Groomed Trails”.
  • All groomed trails for the state will appear. Be patient, as there are tens of thousands of GPS data points to load!
  • Expand the list of POI’s to the left of the main map page.
  • Check the box for “Lodging”.
  • The same listings from the Lodging page will appear on the map, and display their proximity to the trail system.
  • Click on the map marker of your choice to view a summary of the listing. Click the “View Detail” button to view the full listing.

D. Contacting a Lodging owner

After displaying the full listing of a property, you may contact the property owner by doing the following:

  • Click on the “Request Booking” button, to the upper left-hand side of the property listing. This is the easiest way to initiate the conversation, as you will be prompted to complete a simple contact form. The name and email address within your profile, will be auto-populated within the form. Enter your message, and phone number, and then click “Submit”, to contact the owner. All future correspondence will then occur through your personal email.
  • Call the number listed within the property listing.
  • Visit the website of the property owner, and contact them directly through their own site.
  • Copy and paste their email address from the listing, into your own mail program.

Be sure to take a look at the recent reviews that have been left, at the bottom of the page.

E. Leaving a review

If you have recently stayed at one of the properties listed on the Groomed Trail website, we encourage you to leave a review for future guests. This will help Groomed Trail enthusiasts to choose the best option for lodging, and to ensure that we maintain a trustworthy and reputable list of lodging options.

To leave a review, please perform the following:

  • Locate the applicable property, and view the full listing.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and locate the “Reviews’ section of the listing.
  • Click on “Submit a review”.
  • Your name will be auto-populated. The enter a title for the review, and leave your comments. Be sure to select a “star” rating of the property, in the upper righthand corner of the review submission box. All review submissions require that all fields are completed.
  • When leaving a review, please leave an honest and truthful comment about the property. If you have had a bad experience while staying at one of the properties that are listed on the Groomed Trail site, we recommend that you attempt to resolve any disputes directly with the property owner, before resorting to share any shortcomings with a public audience.
  • All reviews that are submitted, will not be publicly available until they are reviewed and approved by a Groomed Trail administrator. If we feel that the review is questionable, we will contact both parties to better understand the situation.

F. Advertising your Lodging listing

See our YouTube video, on this process, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj4gSB4VUZU

You can advertise your lodging listing in one of two ways:

  • From the main Lodging page, click the “List Your Rental” button at the top of the page.
  • From your dashboard, click “Rental Listings” and then click “Add New Rentals”.

Perform the following:

  • Choose a Plan
    • 30 Day Free Trial
    • Standard Plan – 1 Year @ $60.00
    • Premium Plan – 2 Years @ $100.00
  • Complete the following fields:
    • Property Name (Mandatory)
    • Property Type (Mandatory)
    • Property Phone Number (Mandatory)
    • Email Address (Mandatory)
      • This can be different than the email listed within your profile, i.e. reservations@myproperty.com.
    • Property Address (Mandatory)
    • Zip Code (Mandatory)
    • City (Mandatory)
    • Website Address
    • Number of Bedrooms (Mandatory)
    • Number of Bathrooms (Mandatory)
    • Sleeps (Mandatory)
    • Rental Daily Rate (Mandatory)
    • Rental Weekly Rate (Mandatory)
    • Location Type (Mandatory)
    • Floor Area (Mandatory)
  • Upload a max of 10 photos.
  • Click “Choose Files” and then select all images at once. Do so, by holding down the Ctrl key and selecting multiple images. This process may be different, depending upon the type of computer that you are using.
  • Select a list of Amenities. (Mandatory)
  • These and the above fields are relevant to property searches that are performed by potential guests. Please complete these lists accurately.
  • Click “Submit Rental Listing”. An email is then delivered to your mailbox, indicating that a lodging listing has been added to our profile.
  • You will then be taken to a listing preview page. Here you have the opportunity to review your listing as it was submitted. If you wish to edit any portion of the listing, please do so here, before submitting payment. Otherwise, click the “Continue to Payment” button .
  • After clicking the “Continue to Payment” button, you will be redirected to a PayPal portal. You are NOT required to have a PayPal account for this process. You can either log in and pay with your PayPal account, or you can click the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” button.
  • Process your payment via PayPal, buy confirming the details of the transaction, and then by clicking “Pay Now”.
  • Click the “Return to Merchant” button, to be returned to the “My Rental Listings” page of the Groomed Trail website. Here you will see that your recently submitted listing is in a “Pending Approval” state.
  • A Groomed Trail administrator is then notified of the new Lodging listing, and will then take it under review. If there are any discrepancies, you will be notified, and instructed to correct those items before the listing can be approved and made visible on the Groomed Trail website. Otherwise, the administrator will approve the listing, and it will appear immediately. You will also be notified of the approved listing via email.

G. Editing your Lodging listing

You may edit your published lodging listing as follows. All edits to published listings will enter a “pending” state, and will require admin review and approval, similar to submitting a new lodging listing.

  • From your Dashboard, click the “Rental Listings” link from the menu.
  • Click the pencil icon next to the property that you wish to edit.
  • You will be taken to the “Edit Rental Details” page.
  • Make all necessary modifications to the listing, and click the “Update Rental Listing” button.
  • A Groomed Trail administrator is then notified of the updated Lodging listing, and will then take it under review. If there are any discrepancies, you will be notified, and instructed to correct those items before the listing can be approved and the new changes be made visible on the Groomed Trail website. Otherwise, the administrator will approve the listing, and it will appear immediately. You will also be notified of the approved listing via email.

You may also choose to remove your Lodging listing. Please note that there are no refunds for listings that are removed by the owner, in advance of the expiration date. Once the listing is deleted, there is no option to recover it.

  • From your Dashboard, click the “Rental Listings” link from the menu.
  • Click the trash can next to the property that you wish to delete.
  • You will be prompted to confirm the removal of the listing.
  • Click OK to remove the listing.

15. Events

A. View Posted Events

Click on the “Events” link from within the main menu of the Groomed Trail website. From here, you can obtain information for all posted upcoming events, as well as view any events that have already passed.

B. Subscribe to Event Updates

Click on the event that you wish to attend. You can then click the “Subscribe” button. You will receive updates via email for any changes that occur to the event.

16. Newsletter

A. Subscribe

Sign up for our newsletter by entering your email address into the footer of the Groomed Trail website. Or, you my do so here. Subscribe -You'll be prompted to confirm that you are a human, and then click the "Subscribe to list" button.

B. Unsubscribe / Manage Preferences

To unsubscribe from our mailing list, you may do so here. Unsubscribe

Alternatively, you may also unsubscribe using the Unsubscribe link within the footer of an email message that you have received from Groomed Trail

17. Tips For Clubs / Groomers

As a Snowmobile Club, or individual that is responsible for maintaining groomed trails, you can leverage the power of crowdsourcing to monitor / report on individual trails and overall trail conditions for your area. We suggest that you provide consistent updates on Trail Reports, for areas that you manage as well as subscribe to any alerts that may be relevant to you.

A. Subscribe to alerts for trails under your management

It is suggested that you identify all Trails / Segments under your area of responsibility, and subscribe to all notifications or changes that occur for these trails. The Groomed Trail website is designed to permit any registered user, the ability to change the status of a trail segment.

After administrative review, and approval, the comments or suggested status changes of the trail can be displayed publicly on the site. For example, there may be a large water hole, or a downed tree on a specific trail segment. A Groomed Trail member may learn about this, before a club has the opportunity to. By being an active subscriber, the club will receive the alert and can then choose to take make note, or take action on the event.

B. Provide Updates / Reports

Snowmobile clubs can report trail conditions, as well as overall trail reports for their designated areas. It is recommended that the clubs take advantage of our trail reporting system to mark trails as open (green), closed (red), or that riders should observe caution (yellow) while operating a snowmobile on specific trails. Changing the status allows the snowmobile club to also provide a detailed reason for the status change, i.e. a bridge is out, so that snowmobilers can stay well informed. Our system offers not only an email notification, but also a visual representation of the status of a trail.

 

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