This snowy city is a sensational place to meet a man…but heed my warnings before you head to Utah!

Park City is best known for housing Robert Redford‘s annual Sundance Film Festival, but it may go down in my books as one of the top places I’ve been thus far to meet men. But meeting men alone does not a relationship make, and after chatting with some local ladies, I became a little concerned — and here’s why.

No, it’s not because Utah is known for being Mormon-town (Mormons being a religious group that often bring to mind non-drinking polygamists). In fact, Park City is typically referred to as the baddest city in Utah — perhaps because it was a one-time silver mining town that’s now turned into a tourist hot spot. You’d actually think PC was an awesome place to date, given the ratio of men to women: as per the 2000 census, for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.9 males. Those are some good man-meeting odds!

However, there are downsides to dating in Park City — especially if you’ve been a long-time resident. Because the population is so tiny (around 7,300), there are less options to choose from if you’ve been around for awhile. Meaning: if you date one guy, your business is not only going to be known all around town, but you’re also closing yourself off to all of his friends and friends of his friends.

*Kathy has lived in Park City for about two years now, and she didn’t understand the ‘rules’ of dating in PC when she moved from Salt Lake City — and may or may not have hooked up with several guys who knew one another. They compared notes, and no one in their immediate or even distant circles will go near her. Which is pretty rough in a town of 7,300 total people, no?

There are other minuses to dating here. Because Park City is a winter resort town, a fair amount of seasonal employees come through from places like New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. But when the weather turns warm, these avid snowboarder and skiers leave for far-flung locales where they can actually make some decent moolah, so the town tends to empty out.

Dating a seasonal employee in Park City – just as in the winter resort town of Aspen – definitely has its downsides. The men are usually rootless, ambition-less “lost boys” who work in the hospitality industry or on the mountain. They smoke a LOT of weed, drink a lot of booze and stay up all night partying. For any woman who really wants a serious relationship, that’s — please pardon my pun — a total buzz-kill.

On the flip side, the guys in Park City are very friendly and very, VERY good-looking. You’ll totally make a lust match, but you should really take something away from Kathy’s story. Temptation is everywhere in PC for women, so don’t jump on the first snowboarder you see…because you may be branded a — gasp! — slut.

But hey, you can always look and not touch, right? Think of it as window-shopping…for a man.

Laura xo

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