Avoriaz kicks off the winter season with gear testing, freestyle fun, music and ski and stay deals as part of the Snowsports Celebration weekend, Dec. 15-16.

There will be 50 top ski and snowboard brands in the village for the 'Fete Glisse', offering you the chance to try out all of the latest new products and get advice about the best gear for your chosen discipline. There will be lots initiations and have-a-go stands enabling you to have some different experiences.

During the Snowsports Celebration, you can ride an original snowpark made up of music inspired components: vinyl, ghetto blaster, guitar, and more. Skiers and rider below 10 years old will enjoy a totally free snowboard introduction  in the snow garden.

From 3.30-5 p.m, a big happy hour will take place in the centre of Avoriaz with free mulled wine and roast chestnuts.

Avoriaz is also offering discoutned skiing and accommodation for the weekend. Enjoy special skipass rates for the weekend: One-day ski pass €16.50; two-day ski pass €33. An apartment for Dec. 15-16 starts from €174 for four people.

More accommodation deals for Avoriaz's Snowsports Celebration.

Last year's ski testing 'Fete Glisse' in Avoriaz:

AVORIAZ Fête de la Glisse 2011 by AvoriazTV