Emily and me riding at Keystone

Winter has come to the Northern Hemisphere and that means ski season is in full swing. If you?re looking for a winter adventure filled with events and experiences upon which to build memories, there are a number of notable spots you should visit. Spending time on the slopes doesn?t have to break your fun budget. Check out these hot spots for cool deals and cheap tours

Kiroro

Situated just 40 km west of Sapporo, Japan and near the idyllic seaside town of Otaru, this resort offers ski enthusiasts the most experiences for their money. Boasting Japan?s fastest ski lifts, you?ll be able to spend a maximum of your time on the slopes. When you?ve had your fill of powder, nearby Sapporo is home to some of the sweetest sightseeing opportunities and shopping venues in the area.

Chamonix

This pristine French valley is home to some of the most challenging steeps in Europe and rests at the foot of Mont Blanc, one of the most highly celebrated skiers playgrounds on the planet. But it also offers fare for the less skilled in addition to the 10,000 vertical feet plunging from the piste to the valley floor below. There are gently winding trails and slopes along a glacial valley running at the feet of the majestic Alps.

Zermatt

Forge deeper into the Alps and visit Zermatt, Switzerland. One of Europe?s best-established ski resorts, it?s three mountains offer more than 153 miles of ski runs to sate even the most enthusiastic winter warrior. Because it has long been the winter holiday paradise for Europe?s elite, it also boasts one of the best developed culinary cultures and after-hours night scenes in the region.

Telluride

Set in the breathtaking Rocky Mountain Range in Colorado, USA this ski resort has a reputation for the wide diversity of terrain in its 2000 acres of ski runs, offering something to please every skier. It also boasts some of the best developed infrastructure of the Colorado resorts.

Alta

In the wilds of one of the loveliest Western mountain states of the USA, Alta in Utah a worth a visit. This resort boasts a healthy balance of wild runs and relaxing amenities that will please everyone.

No matter where in the Northern Hemisphere you?re headed this winter, there are great ski opportunities abounding. You can avail yourself of some of the greatest skiing, scenery, and cuisine. Meanwhile, build the memories of a lifetime on the slopes of these wonder-filled locations.