What it is: The biggest freeride festival and party in North America, featuring the raddest pros, the biggest tricks and the hardest partying, this 10-day multi-disciplinary mountain bike festival is where freeride biking history is most likely to be made.
The Dirt: Downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends from all over the world come to Whistler to out steez each other. Combined with a weekend concert series, photo and video contests, Kidsworx and exhibitions, demos and clinics, parties and après, it’s a freeride frat party. This year, for its tenth anniversary, Crankworx is also having a nine-day festival in France.
Details: There is no fee for watching, races and other events are a la carte. Beware: it’s easy to double your August mortgage buying drinks and pounding them in your slopeside hotel room with a view. Ride while you’re there: Whistler offers advance purchase packages on lift-access riding and bike rental. Aug 9-18, 2013.