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First of all, for those not familiar with RSS, here is a great article about it. I went ahead and added a few new RSS feeds as follows:I've also update the site's code to allow Firefox users to easily add these feeds to their live bookmarks by clicking this icon
in the bottom right corner of their Firefox browser window. I know their are a number of RSS fans here so I hope you find these useful. For those AZ members that have their own Web sites, feel free to use these feeds to display the syndicated content if you wish. Enjoy!
 

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Great, thanks! I could be in the minority, so it's just one person's suggestion, but does anyone else thing it might be better to have it display fewer articles? Especially as the season goes on and posts become more popular. It seems that most RSS feeds I use display around the most recent 15. In any case, thanks!
 

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Yeah - perhaps 50 is a bit much, but I thought that was more of a function of the reader to display the last X items...?
 

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Snow conditions RSS Feeds!

Now that Snocountry is pushing out data feeds for snow conditions, I've set up an RSS feed for each state:

http://skiing.alpinezone.com/reports.htm (click on XML link)

In each item's description, I've included surface conditions, number of trails open and number of lifts open. Bretton Woods and Woodbury are both reporting so you can see how it will be displayed by looking at the New Hampshire and Connecticut feeds. Clicking the resort link in the feed will bring up the report with more detail.

Enjoy!
 

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Greg said:
Yeah - perhaps 50 is a bit much, but I thought that was more of a function of the reader to display the last X items...?

I normally just use Firefox's live bookmarks as opposed to an RSS reader (though I occasionally use Sage within Firefox), and it seems that different feeds have different numbers of items, and I know I haven't set anything. I quickly looked on the properties of one of my feeds in the live bookmark and in Sage, and didn't see how I could choose the # of items, but perhaps I missed it. In any case, it's not a crucial thing.
 

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kcyanks1 said:
Greg said:
Yeah - perhaps 50 is a bit much, but I thought that was more of a function of the reader to display the last X items...?

I normally just use Firefox's live bookmarks as opposed to an RSS reader (though I occasionally use Sage within Firefox), and it seems that different feeds have different numbers of items, and I know I haven't set anything. I quickly looked on the properties of one of my feeds in the live bookmark and in Sage, and didn't see how I could choose the # of items, but perhaps I missed it. In any case, it's not a crucial thing.
I hear ya. Perhaps 50 is a bit much. I suppose I should aim for the number of items that one would expect on any given day. Probably something like 25 is more reasonable for both new forum threads as well as news articles. Just be sure to check every day! ;)

I'm working on listing all the feeds on one page. I'll post something shortly about that.
 

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I went ahead and created a single page that lists all the RSS feeds available as well as a few links to pages that discuss RSS and how/why to use it:

http://rss.alpinezone.com/
 

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pizza said:
rss is one of the most underutilized & underrated technologies on the internet, which is a shame because it has a lot of potential.

Google's RSS reader (http://reader.google.com) is very easy to use and can be added to your google home page. Since its google, perhaps it'll be a catalyst for more widespread use of RSS. I hope so.

Greg, consider adding Google's add button to your rss.alpinezone.com page:
(http://fusion.google.com/add?feedurl=http://rss.alpinezone.com/forums.php)

Great suggestion! Thanks!

http://rss.alpinezone.com/

In fact, I added buttons to the news portal and article pages as well:

http://news.alpinezone.com/
http://news.alpinezone.com/8918/

Thanks again. :beer:
 

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www.netvibes.com is a new site that allows you to customize and consolidate rss feeds (they already have a bunch of prepackaged ones available). Give it a try, sorta cool.
 
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