The sound of hammers pounding resounded this fall at [R50R, Big White Resort] in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley as the resort worked on its expansion. Construction teams pushed to get the big development projects as far as they can before snows fell.

The four-star luxury Chateau Blanc has seen completion of the arcade's bottom two floors and continued work on the third floor into October before crews dismantled the crane for winter. The $200 million hotel slated for 600 rooms won't be open this winter, but is projected to open for the 2010 season. The project has drawn controversy from local residents, especially because its 75-meter height was nearly four times the current limit. 

The Stonegate Spa Resort at Big White is aiming for a December opening. October saw completion of the roof and windows installed as well as landscaping surrounding the building, which sits on Hummingbird Run. Its one- and two-bedroom suites range from $399 to $469 per night. Amenities include an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, two outdoor Jacuzzis, plush-tiered theater, and fitness center.

The Edge luxury development is also growing. Four-story Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired homes comprise the project, with a total of 26 homes, each with elevators, fitness studios, home theaters, and glass walls. Phase one buildings just received their final touches including granite counter tops, carpet, and plumbing fixtures. Phase three units will continue construction through the winter. Units start at $1.1 million.