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The Killers 

Gary Gilmore’s execution ushered in an era of death penalties, but few celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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BEST DOG-WALKING Readers’ Choice
Tanner Park
The park itself is pleasant enough, tucked back against the east side I-215 belt route with a clearly marked path. But the real appeal is the proximity to Parley’s Historic Nature Park and its winding trails for off-leash strolling with your four-legged friend. You’ll always find a stash of plastic bags to pick up your pup’s business, and conveniently placed “poop pipes” for you to store said refuse (temporarily) while you hike along. You’ll enjoy the views; your furry companion will love the freedom.2760 S. 2700 East
2. Mill Creek Canyon
3. City Creek

BEST SKIING Readers’ Choice
Alta
If you love to ski, then you must love Alta. And by that we mean ski, not board. (Keep in mind, Snowbird, which does allow boarders, is just a few minutes down the hill, so boarders can always meet up with their skiin’ buddies later for drinks.) With no boarders allowed, skiers have all 2,200 acres to themselves. The variety of terrain allows skiers of all levels to find the perfect run. Also, Alta offers the Ski Free After 3 Program, which grants free access to the Sunnyside lift and tow ropes until close. This resort continues to be a local favorite with its powdery snow and low ticket prices without skimping on quality. Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon, 359-1078, Alta.com
2. Snowbird
3. Brighton

BEST DAY SPA Readers’ Choice
The Kura Door
Make a note to your honey: You want—make that need—some pampering, Japanese style. You need to soak in an ofuro tub while wind flutes carry you away. Then you want a 60-minute Kura massage, perfect to prepare you for a green-tea-and-ginger-sea-enzyme body wrap. After your Arcona enzyme facial (of the famed L.A. Arcona Studio, known for its use of fruit and wine enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and active botanicals) and a warm buttermilk-and-brown-sugar pedicure, you should be ready for your botanical body waxing. By day’s end, you will be turning Japanese, we really think so.1136 E. Third Ave., 364-2400, TheKuraDoor.com
2. Breathe Day Spa
3. Sego Lily

BEST TRAILBLAZERS IN PRICE
Price Area Singletrack Society
Between 2002 and 2004, Fuzzy and Dondra Nance and the Price Area Singletrack Society (PASS) built more than 70 miles of trails on Wood Hill in the Price area (FYI, a single track is 24 inches wide or less). Since then, more than 200 mountain bikers have stopped in Price to ride. The International Mountain Biking Association Subaru trail crew will be in Price April 20-22 to design and build up to 20 additional miles of track in the same area. Committed to making Price a mountain-biking destination, PASS has posted maps of the Bookcliffs Trail System posted on Utah Mountain Biking and Trail Finder Websites.groups.msn.com/PriceAreaSingletrackSociety

BEST ADVENTURE IN EDUCATION
College of Eastern Utah
Already with the lowest tuition in the state, in 2007-08, the College of Eastern Utah will be the only Utah college not to increase its second-tier (institutional) tuition or fees. You can take your first two years of classes (transferable to any Utah university) and use the extra money for classes in biking, mountaineering and river guiding. If adventure is your game, CEU’s outdoor recreation program (CE.CEU.edu) will teach you how to shoot a gun, tie a fly, climb a mountain, ride a horse, float the Green River, bike into the San Rafael, kayak Labyrinth Canyon or explore the ancient civilization at Range Creek. … You know, the lessons we really want in life.451 E. 400 North, Price, 435-613-5000, CEU.edu

BEST LUNCHTIME HIKE
City Creek Park
A five-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City, the pleasures of City Creek are simply too numerous to do justice. The colors of the flowers, shrubbery and trees, the sounds of the creek, the joy of dogs scampering around the paths, the neighborly way strollers and hikers greet each other. What better way to pass a lunch than taking sandwiches up to the creek and letting nature caress you with the healing sight of woodlands and an eternal variety of greens, yellows and oranges? North Temple and State Street

BEST LONG-DURATION GEEKS
Intermountain Silent Flyers
Longest flight duration that is. The Intermountain Silent Flyers (IMSF) is the Utah branch of a 25-year-old national hobby club. The club attracts techno types with diverse backgrounds. Holding their transmitters high to block the sun’s glare and never removing their gaze from their motorless gliders, they dialog a unique language: “nice zoom,” “specked out,” “boomer,” “dorked landing,” “big sink,” “hat sucker,” “tight core,” “positive air” and “spot landing.” They host national events held at “The Point,” “Francis Peak” and designated flying fields. Spectators are always welcome, so check it out if you’re not Soar afraid. SilentFlyer.org

BEST PLACE TO WATCH 10,000 SNOW GEESE TAKE FLIGHT
Delta Snow Goose Festival
The end of winter is nigh when migratory birds start heading north again. And at the end of February and beginning of March, a whole mess of them gather in the waters between Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area and Delta, Utah, as a stopover on their 3,000 mile journey. Thousands of geese gather and take to the air en masse, the collective honk sounding like a Los Angeles freeway during rush hour.millardcounty.com/pr02.html

BEST ROPES COURSE CLASS
Ropes Course
“Team-building” can be nothing but a bunch of corporate jargon—but it can be presented in a gorgeous setting, with plenty of flair. This largest-in-Utah course along the Provo River offers dozens of activities, from simple ground-based games to zip lines and climbing towers. Your group can work together, play together and experience quite an eventful day together. 3606 W. Center, Provo, 801-373-8897, ClasRopes.com

BEST CORPSE COURSE
Mortuary Sciences 1010 at Salt Lake Community College
There are few jobs with as much security as mortician, yet for some reason, training for the trade has been notably absent in Utah higher education. That changed in fall 2006, when Salt Lake Community College began offering the state’s first mortuary sciences course at its Redwood Road campus. Instructor Shannon Warenski presented the Egyptian roots of funeral preparation, addressed embalming techniques and made sure students had a foundation in the ethics of the business. As Utah’s population increases and ages, it’s good to be prepared for a growth industry. 4600 S. Redwood Road, 957-4111, slcc.edu

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