I’ve just returned from a week in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. We packed a house full with three generations of family, loads of skis and snowboards, and more than a few bottles of wine.

Top of Collins toward Sugarloaf, Alta

Top of Collins toward Sugarloaf, Alta

No setting makes me happier—heart and soul—than being amid majestic, snowcapped mountains. To me, the stark beauty of ragged peaks and white powder is unparalleled by any blue ocean, emerald forest, or blazing orange desert.

Top of Supreme lift, Alta

Top of Supreme lift, Alta

The heady combination of crisp air, heart-pounding activity, and my kids’ pride and laughter with each new trick they accomplish gets all my juices flowing. My mind unlocks, problem solving becomes easier, story ideas flow naturally. I envy those who get to enjoy this experience on a more regular basis, and I always leave the Rockies convinced it will be where I retire.

Snowbird from the Alta Bypass Road

Snowbird from the Alta Bypass Road

Writing View

Writing View

Until then, I’ll have to rely on my photos and memories to sustain me through the long months in between these vacations. Of course, I’m currently working on a romance series involving a fictional ski town and three super-hot ski pro heroes, so perhaps I’ll have to take a few “research” trips during the next year. Now there’s an inspired idea!

Alta/Snowbird Crossing Point

Alta/Snowbird Crossing Point

Where is your favorite vacation destination, and does that setting inspire you?

XO-Jamie