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Got a ? for web developer type folks

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I'm trying to throw together a page dedicated to local skiing and snowboarding.
I'd like to have conditions for local and regional hills on my homepage. I'm trying to come up with a way to grab these without having to manually enter them or having to ask the resorts to fill out a form.

Does anybody know of a way to do this? How do RSN, Onthesnow, etc get their conditions? I'm wondering if there is someway to do this using RSS feeds.

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There are a number of ways to scrape/mine data from web pages. RSS Feeds,Widgets, hyper/hot-link. PM if you want to know more and good luck on your ski page.
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You can sign up with several of the big services (onthesnow for instance) to get data through an RSS feed or other means. Check their website for details. I believe snowcountry also has something like this. I have no idea if there is a fee involved. All of the new iPhone snow report apps are using these services.

You can certainly scrape it, just be prepared for that strategy to break from time to time.
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post


I have no idea if there is a fee involved.

I can't imagine how onthesnow could charge a fee for their RSS since anyone can view their raw RSS feeds. For example: http://www.onthesnow.com/oregon/snow.rss


Agree totally with skier219 that scraping is signing up for future headaches.

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