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As winter snows begin to drift across this glacier-carved landscape, the Traverse City area becomes a sparkling white playground for skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoe hikers. More than 200 miles of the country’s finest and most diverse ski and snowmobiling trails are in the enchanted Boardman and Jordan River valleys, and the downhill skiing at Shanty Creek Resorts is some of the best in the Great Lakes region.
And when the sun goes down, there’s still plenty to do. Nightlife in Traverse City can be an evening of cool jazz in a downtown restaurant, some cutting-edge rock in a Union Street bistro, or some gaming fun in a local casino.