Riding the mountains on bad weather days.

Five tips for riding the mountains on bad weather days:

Five tips for riding the mountains on bad weather days:

1.Their are dangers attached with being a fair weather rider. Flat light days can be some of the most rewarding days on the mountain and can be hugely beneficial for your overall technical game. As your main sense of vision is reduced your other senses will play more of a key role. You will ride more through touch and feel. This is great for overall board control and to up your skill level.

2.Correct eyewear is essential on flat light days. Here at Vivid Snowboarding we use Spektrum goggles which produce the very best goggles in the world. Check out their range SPEKTRUM GOGGLES . We would suggest a yellow, orange or pink lens which will help enhance your visibility.

3.Terrain choice is vital. Don't head for the highest peaks in the resort. Stay low and in the forests. The trees will help with definition of the mountain on a flat light day.

4.Local knowledge is everything so it is worth taking an instructor, guide or coach to take you to the best spots on the mountain. If you are looking to specifically work on an area of your own performance. It might be worth a few hours with an instructor slowing you're riding down and learning a new skill. Check out our lesson optionsVivid Snowboard Sessions

5.Always keep one eye on the weather forecast. A day that might start with howling winds and snow might well clear up and be fine for the last few hours of the day. Sometimes the weather can clear during the afternoon leaving empty slopes and amazing snow conditions. Too many people are guilty of staying in the resort when the weather is bad. Get yourself on the mountain and enjoy being out in the elements.


VIVID SNOWBOARDING SNOWBOARD CAMPS

VIVID SNOWBOARDING CAMP OPTIONS 2019 - 2020

Vivid Snowboarding camp options 2019 - 2020. Camps are an awesome way to ride some of the best mountains in the world, raise your overall technical skills and to meet like minded snowboarders.

Our Snowboard camps run through out the year.  Here are our camp options.

- Verbier Freeride

- Verbier Freestyle

- Japan Powder Camps

- Cervinia Summer Camps

- Pre season Camp

If you are wanting a little more detail on each camp then check out our camps page CAMPS

The Verbier Freeride camps are super popular as they are a five day Freeride feast. During the snowboard camp you will ride some of the very best off-piste terrain in the world. The height and design of the mountain in and around Verbier means you will always get some fresh tracks. Both Mont Fort and Mont Gele are above 3000m. The height of much of the terrain added to the north facing aspects of much of the good freeride zones makes Verbier a snow sure resort. Amazing terrain

Our next bunch of camps this year will be the Cervinia Summer camps which will commence at the end of July 2020. These are a great way of getting back on the board before the on set of the Autumn. The Cervinia - Zermatt glacier is set out in a way that allows all riders to get plenty of piste and park laps in. The glacier is the highest ridable mountain in Europe so it has guaranteed snow all year round. The piste bashers do an amazing job each afternoon and through the night to prepare amazing slopes and crafted park.

If you're keen to book a place on one our snowboard camps or want to find out a little more than please don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding Verbier.

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Correct body position

POSTURE - Our body position is the most important ingredient.

POSTURE - Our body position is the most important ingredient.

STANCE

This starts with board set up. Our bindings should be a comfortable distance apart. An arms length, so scrunched up fist to elbow along the heel edge of the board between the back binding. Set the bindings up so you’ve got a positive angle on the front foot and a negative on the back. +15 and -12 is a good start.  The importance of riding duck is that it allows our body to move freely. When moving the body up and down the hips, knees and ankles will move freely and in unison.

BODY POSITION

From the board upwards we start with having the ankles, knees and hips soft and flexed. Think about standing slightly on the outside of the feet where these can rest and push against the bindings. The knees should be flexed out over the feet and the hips stacked over the knees. A house like shape or triangle shape should be created beneath the waist line with the structure of the legs. Keep the hips in the middle of the board.
Check out our youtube channel for one of our tips on posture https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2_GzLrLtcfrdEfAstPcvXA
Above the waist line it’s essential to engage the core. Stomach , abdominal muscles and lower back must remain strong. The shoulders should be aligned and the arms relaxed. Your arms are your balancing tool , if you get knocked off balance from anything on the mountain the arms will help rebalance you and keep you riding in a strong and confident style.
Head position is very important. This should always be in the direction of travel. If you are a regular rider for example this should be always looking over the left shoulder.
The final ingredient is to stay relaxed. If the body becomes tight and tense then the whole of the riding will have this look and feel
POSTURE  - Our body position or stance is the most important ingredient in Snowboarding.
Come join us for a snowboard lesson in Verbier.  Progress with style and confidence. Check out our lesson options https://vividsnowboarding.com/verbier-snowboard-school-products/

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 

https://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

https://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.

https://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]


Five reasons to join the Vivid Snowboarding Summer camp

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.