|I would agree that cost is always a top factor, even if you address as scootertig does as value. Yes, it is subjective, but we're kind of talking about the same thing: getting the most bang for your buck.
No, for us Americans, sometimes TIME is the #1 issue.
When you ONLY have TWO weeks vacation a year, you want to be SURE that the week or two you're skiing is maximized for best condition and terrain or whatever else you desire. If it comes at a higher cost, even significantly higher cost, it'll be worthwhile (as long as you can afford it, that is). So, instead of "most bang for the buck", it's "most bang for the day"!
In fact, the way I look at it. Since I really only get 2 weeks to burn off the money I make in a year, I can afford to go to the best place for snow. I'd rather economize by staying at a cheaper motel instead of a 4* lodge and eat peanut butter sandwich for lunch (AND DINNER) for a week, if that's what it takes to ski say, Vail/BC or Apsen or Jackson Hole etc. And since time is of greater value, I would pay more to fly as direct as possible to these out of way places instead of making 3 or 4 connections to save a few bucks.
That was exacly what I did in my younger days and I would have do it again if I find myself in the same situation (good pay with little vacation time). But fortunately, I have a lot more flexibility in vacation days now. (or rather, I choose to sacrefies pay for more time off) So I actually NEED to be cost concious or I run out of money before I use up my vacation time.