It has been over sixteen months since the crew finished the migration out to Utah, and a lot has happened in that time. Here's a little background to the story; I'll try and be brief.
Initially, it was John, Adam and myself (Winchell) living in Salt Lake City and working for Second Nature. This started last winter back in December of 2012. I was returning to work following a canoe expedition and three-month homestead back in Minnesota. John had recently quit his job at Talahi in order to move out West after years of pressure from his older brother Steve (pictured on the right). Adam was in between jobs and lured to Utah with the promise of abundant snow. By January of 2013, we had a quaint little house, ski passes at the Canyons Resort, a luxurious but unheated garage, and zero obligations outside of work, which was eight days on followed by six days off. Life was pretty good.
Jarrad was a part of Adam's training group at Second Nature, and lived on our couches for the better part of the spring in 2013. You either love or hate a guy at that point, and obviously the former won out. Meanwhile, Daniel was in the process of finishing school back in Minnesota, and finally arrived in September of 2013. Everything was coming together. We had just agreed to a nine-month lease for a house in Liberty, Utah, which is close to one our favorite resorts, Snow Basin, and clear of the smog in Salt Lake City.