Partway through a 10-day ski trip to Utah in the winter of 1979-80, Brookfield, Wis.-native Joan Campbell Arata decided she was moving here.
"I had always wanted to ski in the West," Arata said. "What got me were the beautiful mountains and the blue skies and the fact that great skiing was so close to a city where I could have a decent career. It was just a no-brainer."
So when a friend got married in Moab the next summer, she drove out to the wedding (with her good buddy, Renee Reidel) and then came north to Salt Lake City to look for work as a nurse.