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Every May, North America’s largest ski area transitions into the continent’s biggest downhill mountain bike park. Like its winter brethren, Whistler Bike Park features an ever-expanding map of trails—you can now "summit" on your two-wheeler—and arguably the best instructional school on the planet. Come summer, duffers are hardly left out in the cold, the three Whistler golf courses were designed by the likes of Nicklaus, Palmer, and Jones II, though the Pemberton track, Big Sky, remains the locals' favorite. Active visitors and residents paddle the lakes and hike the mountain trails, and wander the village to check out the museums and shops. Feel a need for speed? Slip into the Whistler Sliding Centre year-round to drop down the Olympic bobsled course at 65 mph.