Feb 142015

I have wasted many hours trying to get online at the Smugglers’ Notch resort, and I hope this blog will help save you some aggravation.  Smugglers’ Notch provides such great amenities and family friendly accommodations that it’s pretty natural to bring our “big-city” technology along to take photos and videos to share with family and friends on-line.  This is precisely where Smugglers’ Notch falls down.  They have been trying desperately in recent years to catch up with the demand for access to modern communications, but they continue to be hampered by their rural location and service providers.  This year felt worse than ever, and by mid-week I was disappointed enough to start a public conversation about it on Twitter.

Smugglers Notch is a ski / snowboarding resort in Vermont.

Smugglers Notch is a ski / snowboarding resort in Vermont.

In case you’re just investigating Smugglers’ Notch and have never been there, here’s a little background.  Smugglers Notch is primarily a ski and snowboarding resort in the Green Mountains of northern Vermont, though they offer vacations and activities all year.  They often receive awards for their family friendly atmosphere, not to mention great terrain.  The resort is a few miles south of the nearest accessible town, Jeffersonville, and it sits just north of rival resort town, Stowe.  Smugglers’ Notch recently became part of the Wyndham organization.  We’ve enjoyed taking winter vacations there for many years, and (full disclosure) my in-laws are fractional owners of a condo there.  The atmosphere is great, the staff is friendly, and the ski instructors are top notch (pun?).

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Mar 072010

I just found a cool web service called Twitterfeed that reads the RSS feed of my blog site and, with my permission, posts the most recent x-number of posts to Twitter and Facebook at a scheduled time interval from 30 minutes to 24 hours.  I like the concept, because it means that I can work in my blog and have it help feed my social profiles; and hopefully it will make it easier for my social contacts to keep up with my blog.  This will be the first post to test the functionality of Twitterfeed.  If you like this idea or even use it yourself, please leave me a comment to let me know if this is a good idea!