Initially, web search engines were restricted to returning results which were simple pointers to web pages. Modern search engines often include an 'answer' on the first page. This might be a block of information about movies (if you searched for movies) or a small map with some restaurant information.
Bing and Google both present this type of result. If you are a skier, you'll know that before heading out you want to know the condition of the slopes. Searching on Bing for 'snoqualmie' or 'whistler' does just that:
Google doesn't have any answer for skiers as far as I can tell. What I did note though was that if certain snow report websites surface in the results, summar data is extracted:
Bing, with its rich image and video based home page, gets to show its personality, and these answers shouldn't surprise anyone whose seen today's video:
BTW, there's a line at the end of Gosford Park spoken by the head of the staff which goes something like 'I'm the perfect servant - I know what they want before they know it themselves.'