Since snow conditions in northern Michigan have a way of changing rapidly, the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau has activated its winter "snow hotline." By dialing (800) 727-5482, visitors can receive updated reports on snowfall amounts and current weather conditions in the area, as well as detailed information about downhill ski/snowboard runs, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails, skating rinks and other sport venues throughout the region; Crystal Mountain and Shanty Creek are both nearby, and Traverse City offers a wide variety of lodging and dining choices as well as a wonderful slue of après ski activities.