However a second glacier resort, Les 2 Alpes, does traditionally open it's slopes for one big party weekend each October, and this year the resort has announced that 23rd and 24th October are the dates in question.
After using the same format for over a decade until a few years ago, the resort has been experimenting with new ideas in recent years, but The Rock On Snowboard Tour will be back for its second edition.
The event is a National Test snowboard tour in France, bringing together snowboarding brands and snowboarders. During the two days, everyone can test the latest equipment on the resort's large glacier ski area. To compliment the tests, competitions are organized for the general public and children. On the ski side there's a new event this year, 'Come to Ski' which will have the same format of free gear testing.