Park City is apparently the Best Town Ever.
Outside Magazine in its September issue features the city as the winner of an online contest to name the Best Town Ever, including a photo of a bicyclist on a trail overlooking Old Town on the cover of the magazine.
An article about Park City in the Best Town Ever edition includes comments from Mayor Dana Williams, City Councilman Andy Beerman and others. Just below the headline, the article says "there's no better blend of small-town friendliness, absurdly easy access, and five-star culture than Park City -- if you can afford it."
Williams told the magazine he can tell a Parkite by a bandaged wrist as the writer described the mayor as looking "a bit like Jack Nicholson." Williams could "barely complete a thought without getting a hug from a constituent," the article says.
Williams also told the magazine, though, that he "can't afford" being the mayor anymore.
The article says Park City "feels like a Colorado ski town dropped into Utah's 12,000-foot Wasatch Range," but, different than other mountain resorts, the city sits close to a metropolitan area. It talks about Park City's outdoor recreation offerings and says the city is somewhere "that breeds the active lifestyle."
It mentions the mountain resorts, the Uinta Mountains, the Utah Olympic Park and the Provo River. The article also talks about the tourism-heavy economy, mentioning the Sundance Film Festival. Williams told the magazine tourism "makes the town tick."
Meanwhile, the article notes the housing costs in Park City, which top statewide and national numbers. It says most people who live in Park City do not have a primary residence in the city.
"Park City's greatest challenge seems to be courting the wealthy without ousting the middle class. So far it has struck a balance," the article says.
The magazine calls Park City a "liberal enclave in the red state of Utah." It says Parkites may commute to work in Salt Lake for well-paying jobs and there are outdoor-industry jobs in Park City.
Outside Magazine declined to discuss the Best Town Ever edition, saying that the issue had not hit newsstands by Friday.
In a note accompanying the article, the magazine said Greenville, S.C., received the most votes in the contest, 7,154. Park City received 5,179, according to the magazine. Park City was declared the winner, however, with the magazine saying " . . . for per capita excitement, no place was as passionate as Park City, which received two-thirds as many votes (5,179) as it has residents."