Here's where to splurge in Whistler. Check back later today for recession-friendly restaurants.

Fifty Two 80 Bistro: Try the signature seafood platters and perfect steaks seasoned with chef Edison Mays’s “Edison’s Medicine” spice rub. Four Seasons Hotel Whistler, 4591 Blackcomb Way; 604-966-5280.

Bearfoot Bistro: Chef Melissa Craig prepares extravagant multicourse meals. Short on time? Order oysters at the bar with a glass from owner Andre Saint-Jacques's deep Champagne collection. 4121 Village Green; 604-932-3433.

Araxi: Recently featured on Gordon Ramsay's Fox reality series Hell's Kitchen (the show's prize was a job as head chef under Araxi’s chef James Walt), this restaurant serves locally minded, universally delicious dishes—especially the roasted venison with British Columbia chestnuts and red-wine reduction. 4222 Village Sq.; 604-932-4540.