ANON M4 Goggle review.

GOGGLE REVIEW: ANON M4

These goggles represent the flagship of the Anon eyewear range. Packed full of technical goodies they are the fastest lens to change in the world. The M4 have a strong magnet to keep the lens connected to the frame. Each set comes with two lenses and the spare is kept in its very own lens compression case which helps avoid any damage.

Anon has also designed the MFI facemask which has a magnetic connection to the bottom of the M4 goggle and will keep the face protected in both cold and warm weather a like.

M4 comes in different frame colours and you can choose from four different lenses;

Check out the following;

  • Sonar Bronze lens – 19% VLT
  • Sonar Blue lens – 46% VLT
  • Sonar Infrared lens – 57% VLT
  • Sonar Night lens - 77% VLT

 

Super stylish and comfortable these are a must for any rider. The size of the goggle frame makes them very adaptive to using with or without a helmet.

 

For any advice on the correct equipment to purchase please get in contact with your Vivid Snowboarding Instructor. All the team are exceptionally experienced in the industry and have a huge wealth of knowledge on riding, teaching and equipment.

 

 

 

Come take a snowboard lesson with Vivid Snowboarding, the specialist snowboard school in Verbier.

 

 

 

 


SUMMER CAMPS 2019

Vivid Snowboarding will be in Cervinia, Italy for the last two weeks of July. Our summer camps will take place on the Zermatt/Cervinia glacier and our open to all levels. The glacier itself is the largest rideable glacier in Europe. It places host to the Gravity Snowpark which has features for everyone.

On snow coaching runs from Monday through until Friday and afternoons can be spent chilling out in the beautiful village of Cervinia. If your wanting a little more action then there are plenty of activities to keep busy. These range from Mountain biking to hiking and trail running.

Camps will be taking place on the following dates

22nd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

29th July 2019 - 2nd August 2019

We will be staying in the four star Hotel Europa which offers an incredible level of comfort and relaxation.

Please get in touch for more details

Phone Rob on 0041 792838735

or email vividsnowboarding@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

 


Vivid Snowboarding Season Opening Camp Early December in Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding season opening  camp early December in Verbier. Our long weekend kicks off on 2nd December and runs until 4th December 2017. The aim of the camp is to get your technical game on point and give the riding the once over before the winter kicks off in full. The price of the camp is 400CHF and includes 3 full days of coaching.  http://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

 

We are not including accommodation but can help arrange hostels, chalets and hotels depending on your budget and taste. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more details , we look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 


ISTA - International Snow Training Academy Discovery Course

ISTA - International snow training academy discovery course will be happening this winter in Verbier. Come and get qualified and educated in the backcountry with Vivid Snowboarding. Our awesome day discovery course will teach you basic risk prevention when riding off-piste. You will be given all the tools to stay safe in the backcountry, education and knowledge are everything.

The course is structured and designed around a typical day in the mountains. From meet and greet to the days end. The whole day is a combination of theory and enjoyable practical workshops.

These will take the form of learning the ISTA method, Risk assessment, identification and travel on safe terrain. We learn how to manage a crisis situation/search for avalanche burial victims.

In signing up for the qualification you receive a training kit which consists of the following material:

-  Training course book

-  Protective waterproof casing for when out in the mountains.

-  An avalanche emergency procedure.

-  ISTA Discovery badge and certificate on successful completion of the course.

 

Check out ISTA on our camps page 

http://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/ 

The International Snow Training Academy Discovery Course

The cost of the International snow training academy discovery course is 240 CHF. Please get in contact for more details. There is an option to stretch the course out over two days. This would mean more riding time for all. The growth of snowboarding globally has meant we are have to look  further for untouched powder fields. We all have to take responsibility for assessing the dangers that come with that. The International Snow training academy course Discovery will give you knowledge and confidence to ride safely all over the mountain. 

 


THE BASI SNOWBOARDING LEVEL ONE PROCESS

The BASI snowboarding level one exam process could also be called the snowboard foundation course. This qualification sits at the very start of the BASI snowboarding exam pathway and will help you gain employment in snowdomes, dry slopes and possibly with some snow sport schools in a mountain environment. It will introduce you to the BASI snowboarding product, the terminology used and give you the ability to deliver lessons. Whatever standard your technical riding is at it will give you a makeover and something new to think about in your snowboarding approach.

The following areas are to be covered:
- Level one snowboard course which is a five day on snow exam.
- First-Aid Course
- Child protection module is an online course
- 35 hours Snowsports school experience

The technical riding criteria which will need to be performed consistently throughout the course:
- Perform cleanly all phases of the central theme (Central theme being the basic lesson progression from day one learner through to linking turns together)

- Demonstrate in both standard and switch
- Demonstrate effective and strong posture/balance.
- Nose and tail presses, ollies and nollies.
- Frontside and backside 180
- Cleanly carve the last two thirds of the turn on a green or easy blue piste.

35 hours snowboard school experience: this needs to be completed after your level 1 course.
- Can be looking at the day to day running of a snowsports school.
- Shadowing different style lessons and instructors on the mountain.
- How feedback is taken onboard and used to improve standards.

Once all these components are completed a level one snowboard license will be issued by BASI. This is the beginning of the instructing voyage. It could almost be looked at as an intensive snowboard lesson. It will increase your overall technical riding ability while giving you a broader knowledge. The level 2 is the next exciting step.


THE BEST TERRAIN IN THE WORLD FOR SNOWBOARDING

Verbier has some of the best terrain in the world for snowboarding, so why not come and join us this coming winter 2017/18. The mountain has achieved an almost mythical status amongst the snowboard and ski community world wide. The lift accessed off-piste is just one of its many alluring charms. Mont Gele for example is a 3000m peak with lift access to the very top. It has an itinerary route down one face but it is an unmarked , off-piste heaven. Nothing is manicured and prepared, its rough and rugged , a true mountain experience.

The Beauty about the terrain on offer is there is something for everyone. Beginners wanting to make as many turns as possible can enjoy some of the sweeping blue and red runs. These are  littered around the mountain. These will have beginner riders building their skills and confidence. For the intermediate rider wanting to step their game up and venture in to the backcountry. The mountain is strewn with various terrain zones that will help aid progression. The under rated savoleyres might lack the steepness of the Verbier mountain. It has awesome tree runs and terrain in between runs that is perfect to gain skills riding off-piste. Savoleyres is a real gem when the light is flat and the snow is hammering down. The trees and the geographical position close to the Rhone valley means it can often get more visibility  Verbier.

Bruson

Bruson is a small resort over the other side of the valley from Verbier. Its a backcountry dream with tree runs, pillow lines and much more. Its a mid winter treat so usually works between December and the beginning of March. The resorts have now been linked up via a gondola through the Le Chable which is slowly becoming a destination in itself to stay during your trip to the 4 valleys.

The importance of a park should not be over looked in any resort. Winter 2016/17 was the worst in memory  but the Verbier Snowpark crew did a sterling job in creating something out of nothing. There are features for all levels of riders.

Rock Garden, Stairway , Highway , Hidden Valley are just a handful of the hundreds of off-piste routes that make the mountains around Verbier some of the best terrain in the world for snowboarding. Come and explore these magical mountains. We offer private lessons and guiding as well as an introduction to backcountry snowboarding and a more advanced Freeride camp. Check out dates on our site and get in contact to find out more details.

Vivid Snowboarding , The Verbier Snowboard School.

 

 


END OF SEASON UPDATE 2016/17.

End of season update 2016/17 for Vivid Snowboarding in Verbier. 2016/17 will not be remembered for its volume of snow. November saw widespread snowfall across the Alps. A few team members enjoyed early season powder in both Zermatt and Stubai. A lingering high pressure parked up over central Europe lead to endless sunny days with no precipitation in Verbier. The beginning of December was mainly spent riding park on the Glacier 3000. The park consists of beginner to intermediate kicker lines. Perfect for getting ones skills tuned up for the coming season. The holiday period of Christmas and New year was mainly spent riding on artificial snow. The Verbier mountain staff did an epic job is creating widespread cover across the mountain. The advantage of Verbier over some of its neighbouring resorts is its altitude. It has the ability to blow snow when mother nature has not been playing ball.   A few natural snowfalls were seen mid January and then more in mid February. Our first backcountry camp was a success and we look forward to more camps next winter.

Verbier Snowpark

As much as the lack of snow effected the more backcountry minded rider. The Verbier Park crew knocked up one of the better the parks seen in the resort over the last few winters. They seem to be making a slightly more user friendly park which matches the natural terrain of La Chaux. Nothing too big and scary with progressive features for all levels of rider. We also saw an encouraging number of new riders on the mountain this past winter . The lack of snow was meaning a few skiers were making the cross over to set themselves a new challenge.

Lots of new and exciting projects for the summer and beyond for Vivid Snowboarding. Keep an eye on our social media channels . Thank you to all our clients who enjoyed sessions with us over the winter. We look forward to seeing you all again next winter.

Vivid Snowboarding , The Verbier Snowboard School.

 

 


SUMMER CAMPS AND COURSES

Vivid Snowboarding Summer camps and courses

Vivid Snowboarding, the Verbier Snowboard School will again be moving to its summer home of Cervinia. Here Vivid Snowboarding summer camps and courses 2017 will be running. These will take on the format of 5 full days coaching and riding in the Gravity Snowpark situated on the Zermatt/Cervinia glacier.

The camps are happening on the following dates

http://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

10th - 14th July 2017

14th - 18th August 2017

The camps are £699 and the following is included:

5 days tuition and coaching from top British and European Freestyle coaches
Lift pass
Six nights half board accommodation which includes Breakfast and evening meal
Free Vivid Snowboarding sweatshirt and beanie
Video feedback sessions
Dry land coaching using the latest jib training board and balance bar
A video edit of the week to take away with you

Progression and fun guaranteed. Come and sample one of the best snowparks in Europe and learn new skills and tricks.

 

For more details get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding


BURTON SNOWBOARDS TEST DAY WITH VIVID SNOWBOARDING

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Burton Snowboards test day with Vivid Snowboarding and Wave Rave Shop. A weekend long board test in Verbier. The boards and bindings were free to try and test and the shop were giving a 20% discount on any purchases on boards.

http://vividsnowboarding.com/friends/

Check out our edit of the weekend.

A whole range of boards were available to test. Some more freeride shapes were on offer in the form of the Landlord, flight attendant and branch manager. These were all strong performers when hitting up some playful off-piste terrain. The general feel from the team was that the Flight Attendant was the most versatile out of the freeride test boards. We also tested out a few of the different freestyle shapes. The new Custom freestyle through to the process and process of axis were all quality boards. The general vibe was the process with the cartel binding seemed liked the overall freestyle winner.  [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]


THE VERBIER SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

Vivid Snowboarding , the Verbier Snowboard school early February update. Winter has yet to deliver the snow of the last few years however the mountain is in good condition due to a few fresh snow falls over the last few weeks.

Our January intro to backcountry camp caught the tail end of the last dump and so conditions were on point for much of the camp.

ISTA COURSE

Vivid Snowboarding has completed the ISTA course and is now able to deliver the ISTA discovery course where you become trained and certified on an Avalanche prevention program. For more information please get in touch on 079 283 8735. A great way to learn and progress your mountain skills, Knowledge is everything. The course is a day on the hill or it could be split over a couple of days. The cost of the camp is 260CHF

WORLD FREERIDE TOUR

A big well done to our very own Sam Baldwin who took part in the World Freeride week here in Verbier. The week consisted of 3 separate competitions in which Sam managed two first places and one fourth place. It’s all great experience as he looks to gain entry onto the World Freeride tour. We will keep you posted on his next events.