Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Araxi Long Whistler's most lauded restaurant, Araxi is now in the hands of Scott Kidd, a veteran of Bishop's and Le Gavroche in Vancouver. His menu for this cool, serene space is an homage to British Columbia, making use of Pemberton potatoes, Tofino Dungeness crab and Salt Spring Island goat yogurt (4222 Whistler Village Square; 604-932-4540).
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Cottonwood Grill Chefs Michael Fragola and Peter Lautner clearly love Asian food, and they've made it the signature of this cowboy-casual spot on the banks of the Yampa River. Shrimp-and-Thai-basil skewers are standouts, as is the sea bass marinated in sake (701 Yampa St.; 970-879-2229).
Allred's Perched at 10,551 feet, Allred's may have the best view in Telluride, no small claim. You arrive by gondola and get cozy at a table by the open hearth. Then you proceed to the menu from Charlie Trotter protégé Bob Scherner, which ranges from red curry squash soup to spit-roasted African pheasant (Gondola Station, St. Sophia; 970-728-7474).