For the mountain-biking faithful, Kokanee Crankworx is Mecca. Even if you're not a downhill or freestyle junkie, you (and some 135,000 other spectators over nine days) will be amazed at the riding on display at the ten events, not to mention the amount of Kokanee Beer imbibed at the all-night parties. A must-see: the Saturday-night slopestyle event, where pros front-flip, tail-whip, and 360 off building-size booters. Book a room at the Pan Pacific Mountainside Hotel to watch slopestyle from your porch or the pool (from $139; panpacific.com). When you're ready to roll, rent an eight-inch downhill rig and pedal Whistler Bike Park , which has drops and tabletops for riders of every skill level (whistlerbike.com).
The nimble, 28-pound Rocky Mountain Altitude 29 SE, with 4.5 inches of travel, has an upright seat angle that maximizes efficiency on climbs. It's designed for cross-country use but can still take big hits thanks to the overbuilt frame and Fox through-axle front shock. $3,500; bikes.com