When discussing vacation destinations, it seems to be common to suggest that getting the right destination will be the most important part of the vacation planning process. You may be surprised to hear that I would actually beg to differ from this particular view.
I certainly believe that getting the right location is one of the most important elements, but my own feeling has always been that travelling companions are likely to make or break any travel experience. If you travel with the right people, then there's no reason why you shouldn't have a great time.
When you opt to go on vacation with the wrong people, the experience can quickly turn sour. So my own view is that your initial priority should be to select the right group of people. Beyond that, you can then move on to considering other issues. This is where the importance of the location can really be seen.
Having identified who you will be travelling with, it should be possible for you to think about the preferences and requirements of all members of the group. This is really important, since your chosen ski resort will need to meet all of their needs. There is no point selecting a resort that appeals to some, but not to all.
What will you need to consider, within this context? To begin with, you'll probably be thinking about the actual ski conditions. These are clearly critical to any vacation, although it's fair to say that they cannot always be guaranteed. You can certainly, however, make a number of reasoned judgements, based on the location, historical weather conditions and when you are planning to travel.
In order to make the most of the experience, you'll clearly want to aim to travel to somewhere that offers a good chance of you being able to hit the slopes most days. But that's not the only consideration in this case. What happens during the time that you spend away from the slopes?
There's the need to think carefully about entertainment, restaurants and bars. Do you have specific preferences in this area? Once again, it's worth remembering that you may have a number of different needs to think about. For example, will you be taking children on vacation? If so, you'll certainly have a need to keep them entertained.
When it comes to accommodation, the best approach is usually to concentrate on getting the best that you can find. It's often worth splashing out a little bit extra, in order to ensure that you have the luxury that you desire. A great ski vacation should be remembered for years to come and it's important that you put everything in place to allow this to be the case.