As the mayor puts it, "Utah kids are raised through the barrel of a .22." In Park City, that redneck influence generates mind-boggling combinations of rough-and-tumble culture and highbrow approach to adventure.The executive chef at the five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge carries a knife on century-length road rides (for "general safety," he says)—and the sommelier once shot a five-point buck wearing his double-breasted work suit.But living in utopia is expensive—60 percent higher than the national average.
But he does manage this: "You guys should have put us in the fight a long time ago." Williams is referring to the drubbing Park City gave the other active-towns finalists, from Bozeman to San Diego, in this year's Best Town Ever contest. He was elected to his third term in 2009 with 78 percent of the vote.
But he won't be running for reelection in November. He supplements his $1,700 monthly salary by working as a barista at a local coffee shop and playing gigs with his rock group, Motherlode Canyon.
In a nearby soccer field, 70 women—many pregnant, most already moms—were charging through a Cross Fit workout.
The high school even has an Adventure PE class, where students get credit for leaving campus to mountain-bike, trail-run, or ski or snowboard with friends.
Greenville, South Carolina, made an impressive showing—the city of 60,000 had the most votes with 7,154—but 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.