Mont Sutton's Snow School is gearing up for the snowy days, while helping skiers and riders prepare for fun on the slopes.

The pre-season training camp is offered Sundays, 10 a.m. - noon, through Oct. 18.

Sutton calls the various activities Fall Festival or "Panoramaduodlacôte."

Isabelle Edmond, Snow School director at the resort in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, said, "In addition to creating a great skier's spirit at the mountain just before the season, the pre-season training camp will make people discover the benefits to follow a specific training program outside.  This training camp promises to be efficient and fun."

She continued, "The goals of this camp are to help people discover the pleasures of training in nature, to create an ambiance with a team spirit before the season begins and also to demonstrate the benefits of an annual training centered on winter sports.

"Two passionate, professional, and certified trainers - Fred Lépine and Catherine Desroches - have prepared some informative training session about the specific physical preparation before the beginning of the season, different exercises - agility, speed, coordination - based on participants' fitness levels. With this training, the enthusiast will be able to notice a difference this winter once on the slopes."

Youngsters and adults can take part in wilderness survival workshops with the Manitou School each Saturday and Sunday during Fall Festival. This includes such skills as starting a fire by friction, or creating, in the wild, survival objects such as a rope, a compass, and a spoon.

Registration for the fitness programs and information on the survival workshops is available through the Sutton Snow School.

Big White, across the Continent in inland British Columbia, wants to promote healthy family activities and time together in today's hectic world.

Grandparents who book before Dec. 1 will receive 10 percent off regular retail pricing on all accommodations, lift tickets, rentals, and lessons for the entire family.

Big White has added a new activity to its Adventure Park in Happy Valley, an ice climbing tower.  The resort expects the ice tower to become a main attraction.

The structure is built with four telephone poles cross-braced together, then flooded with water that freezes into three feet of thick blue ice. There is a beginner side and three other sides for more advanced climbers or anyone who is looking for a challenge.

They claim that, despite the tower's 60-foot height, this is an activity for all fitness levels and can satisfy anyone with an appetite for adventure.

Big White is located in the picturesque Okanagan Valley, a 55-minute drive from Kelowna International Airport. It is British Columbia's second largest resort and boasts the most ski-in, ski-out accommodation in Canada. Blessed with sunny weather, dry powder, and a mild average temperature, Big White is best known as a family friendly resort where kids and adults can all have fun.

More information: Mont Sutton or 866- 538-2545; Big White or 800- 663-2772.