Vivid Snowboarding Summer Session

Vivid Snowboarding Summer Session

Vivid Snowboarding Summer Session

Vivid Snowboarding will be hosting its annual summer session in Cervinia, Italy in August 2021. The resort of Cervinia is high up in the Aosta valley in the Italian Alps allowing for summer riding to take place on the Zermatt / Cervinia glacier.  Plenty of terrain for all styles of riding and the snow park is the best in Europe at this time of year.

We usually get onto the lifts for the mountain around 8am and ride through until around 2pm when the mountain closes. Conditions usually soften as the day progresses. Park laps become super progressive for ones riding. The short lift and rapid lap means maximum time riding your board in the park.

Once off the mountain you can enjoy some down time in the afternoon or there are plenty of summer activities and sports to get involved with. Check out a few of the summer activities here:

  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • swimming
  • Trail running
  • Chilling

You can check out more on what's on offer via the tourist office CERVINIA

The hotel we stay in is the Petit Palais. The hotel is two minutes from the main lift and a short walk into town for bars and restaurants. Every night we venture into town for a bite to eat before heading to bed and getting rested for more riding.

Check out our summer camp page here for more details SUMMER

Book your place today, we look forward to hearing from you.

 


Spring session on the Mont Fort

Spot Check: Mont Fort

Spot Check: Mont Fort

The Mont Fort is 3328 Metres above sea level. It is the highest peak in the 4 valley's area. The steep mountain peak has awesome routes down it from all sides. The famous backside off Mont Fort can be accessed via a few different entry points and there are endless freeride and splitboarding options once off the back. Always worth taking a guide into these remote zones to get the most out of your riding adventure.

Check out our team of freeride coaches here VIVID

The main controlled route on the Mont Fort consists of a steep bumps field with numerous different routes around it. The chute under the lift line is steep and challenging but also an awesome run. Caution should be taken at all times when going under the ropes as the Mont Fort area is a glacier and crevasses are a problem.

The South side of Mont Fort is also worth checking out. This is accessed via riding over the top of the mountain and then popping over the ridge line. The slope will bring you down towards the Bec Des Rosses. Again always worth taking a guide into these areas so that conditions are assessed before riding.

Check out the White Risk app here for up to date conditions on the mountain VIVID

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer the very best off-piste snowboarding coaching and guiding in Verbier. We also offer a selection of Freeride weeks and Weekends.

 


Snowboard instructor training courses

Snowboard Instructor Training Courses.

Snowboard Instructor training courses.

Vivid Snowboarding is the leading provider in snowboard instructor training courses. We offer the very best snowboard courses on the market. Take a look at our course locations:

  • Verbier, Switzerland.
  • Saas Fee, Switzerland.
  • Myoko, Japan.

Check out all the locations here VIVID

For a true alpine winter snowboard experience you should join our 10 week course in Verbier, Switzerland. We have course options with food and accommodation. We also offer the course with training and exams only. Verbier is one of the very best resorts in the world and where Vivid Snowboarding was born and locates itself during the winter. Verbier is famous for its world class off-piste terrain, endless pistes and awesome snowpark. The resort is snow sure from November through to May. Verbier also has some of the best apres riding bars in the Alps which are fun for everyone.

Check out snow conditions in Verbier here VIVID

Saas Fee, Switzerland is where we deliver our Autumn and Summer instructor training courses. Our courses run for 9 weeks and all accommodation and food is provided in the Park Hotel. Saas Fee is an awesome car free resort high up the Valais mountains.

Myoko, Japan is where we deliver our Asian course. Myoko in the Niigata region of Japan starts mid winter. A mixture of Japanese powder and amazing snowparks makes Myoko the premier resort to go through your BASI Level one and two qualifications.

All these locations have been hand picked for the quality of the terrain and slopes. If you would like more information on any of our courses please get in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding

We look forward to hearing from you

 

 


Summer days in Switzerland

SUMMER IN SWITZERLAND

Summer in Switzerland.

Situated in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is not only a winter sports destination. Summer in Switzerland is awesome. Try and imagine sunny, warm days with lush green mountains and snow capped peaks and you're there.

Switzerland has an abundance of mountains, lakes, rivers and forests. All of which are there to be explored and enjoyed during the summer months. If you are still looking for your snowboarding fix then you can come ride with our summer camp program in Saas Fee or Zermatt / Cervinia. These resorts are home to high alpine glaciers which offer riding all year round. As much as these riding areas are a little smaller they still offer a decent amount of terrain and are home to awesome snowparks. Check out our summer riding program here SUMMER RIDING

Most towns and villages have outdoor swimming pools for everyone to enjoy. Lakes are suitable for swimming but be careful of cold water in the early part of the summer.

Switzerland has an awesome skateboarding scene and parks are to found all over the country. Alaia Bay is opening in Spring 2021. This new out door wave poll will be bringing surfing to the heart of the Swiss Alps. The wave garden can be found on the motorway outside Sion in the Valais region. This is only a 30minute drive from Verbier. Waves will vary in size and there will be something for all levels of surfer.

You can check out more details on the waves in the Valais here SURF

 


Wild weather in Myoko

Check out Myoko

Check out Myoko

Myoko is in the north west of the main island of Japan. It is in the Niigata region. The geographical positioning of the resort means that it receives an abundance of snow fall each winter. Storm fronts roll out of Siberia and across the South China Sea. All the time picking up moisture which in turn results in large snowfalls over the Japanese Alps. Myoko on average receives between 12m - 15metres of snow per winter.

The resort of Myoko is made up of a series of different stations which are situated across the mountain. They are linked together via bus and lift connections. Each station has a really unique feel with a great variety of terrain. Here are a few of the different stations:

  • Ikenotaira is home to one of the largest snowparks in Japan. The mountain has beautiful forest runs. Littered through out the mountain are various parks with features for all levels. This station is super rider friendly.
  • Suginohara has the biggest amount of vert out of all the stations, it also has the highest peak at 1'855m. Some awesome splitboarding terrain here.
  • Akakura Onsen is one of the more popular stations. Each week you can find night riding with a floodlight snowpark.

Vivid Snowboarding is proud to present its BASI Level one and two instructor training course in Myoko. The course runs for 9 weeks during the middle of the Japanese winter. If you are looking for that true Japanese snowboarding experience and you are wanting to immerse yourself in an instructor training course in the heart of the Japanese Alps then this course is for you. Become a snowboard instructor with the very best snowboard instructor training specialist.

Check out the program here MYOKO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


four reasons why Verbier is one of the best places to snowboard in Europe

Four reasons why Verbier is one of the best places to snowboard in Europe

 Four reasons why Verbier is one of the best places to snowboard in Europe

 

 

  1. Verbier is part of the 4 valleys. This is the 5th biggest snowboard area in the world. Verbier has over 412Km of marked slopes.The Mont Fort is the highest peak which sits at 3330m above sea level. Verbier has guaranteed snow from December through to April.  The vastness of this giant snowboarding playground links between the resorts of Bruson, Le Chable, Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon. Check out the piste map here MAP
  2. The off-piste riding in Verbier is awesome. It really is some of the best off-piste snowboarding in the world. You have every style of ridable terrain from steeper and more exposed to chutes and couloirs. The mountain has such a variety. Even after riding these mountains for over 15 winters you can find new lines and zones to ride. To get the most out of your time in the Verbier why not take a guided session with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. Check out your options  VIVID
  3. The 4 valleys has a few different terrain parks. The Verbier Snowpark is situated in La Chaux . The park is progressive and has a great selection of features for all levels of rider. Thyon also has a Snowpark with great number of kickers and rails. The park usually has a big kicker in spring.
  4. Vivid Snowboarding is based in Verbier. More than just a snowboard school we offer the very best snowboarding experience in Verbier. We have the very best instructors, coaches and guides and offer everything snowboarding related in resort. So If you are a day one beginner looking to learn to ride or a seasoned off-piste expert then we have what it takes to make your riding time in Verbier both truly memorable and awesome.

off-piste snowboarding in Verbier

Off-piste snowboarding in Verbier

Off-piste snowboarding in Verbier

Verbier has some of the very best off-piste terrain in the world. The area has grown its reputation over the years. Much of the best off-piste terrain is lift accessed. This does mean that the mountain after a good snowfall can get busy.It is always worth getting ahead of the crowds and taking a guide to show you the best zones to ride in. Check out your Vivid Snowboarding guides here VIVID

It's always worth getting onto first lifts to get some fresh tracks. The world freeride tour has its finals in Verbier every spring time on the north facing Bec de Rosses. Through out the winter freeride competitions happen all over the famously steep terrain of Verbier. The area has become a hub for freeriders from all over the world.

Here is a watered down list of the some of the zones to freeride in:

  • Playgrounds
  • Vallon D
  • Bruson Trees
  • Rock Garden
  • South Side

Your Vivid Snowboarding guide will take you to the best snow on any given day

The winter starts for weekends during November and then fires up at the beginning of December. The high altitude nature of the terrain allows the mountain to stay open until the end of April. If you are looking for the most snow sure months then traditionally January, February and March are the best months.

Verbier is a snow sure location. However if you looking for powder turns then keep an eye on conditions. You can keep up to date with snow conditions via snow-forecast VIVID

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer a range of freeride products. From 5 day camps to 2 day clinics we offer something for everyone. We offer introductory freeride sessions for the novice in the backcountry.

Our camps and clinics  VIVID

 


Verbier Snowpark

VERBIER SNOWPARK

The Verbier Snowpark

The Verbier snow park is based in the La chaux area of the mountain. The park is accessed by the La Chaux Express lift which runs up to a height of 2480m. This modern lift combines gondolas and chairlifts and allows for super fast park laps. The snowpark has great snow cover from December through until April. The area is south facing and therefore the sun softens the landings while the take offs to features stay hard and fresh.

The Snow park has a team of dedicated park shapers who manage and maintain the features in the park daily. You can expect a large range of features for all levels. Green and blue features for the riders who are just stepping into the park through to red and black features. The more advanced your riding skills the more comfortable and confident you will be with riding the more advanced features. The Verbier Snowpark have a dedicated page on facebook. You can keep up to date by following the link PARK

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer freestyle camps and clinics that take place in the park. You can check out our camp options here CAMPS

Our camps and clinics are an amazing way of increasing your freestyle skills and getting a whole new bag tricks under your belt. If you would like some more advice on any of our freestyle products, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Keep an eye out this winter for freestyle coaching sessions at weekends and during the holidays for all ages. Everyone is welcome !!

Vivid Snowboarding - The specialists snowboard school based in Verbier

 


Glacier season in Europe

Glacier Season In Europe

Glacier Season in Europe

Europe has a wealth of ridable glaciers. They usually fire up through out the Autumn and they all have something to offer. Below is a break down of some of the glaciers in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and France and what each mountain has to offer.

Switzerland

  • Saas Fee is our Autumn home where we run our world class instructor training program. Saas Fee also plays host to the stomping grounds park. This pulls in a few of the biggest names in snowboarding as they get their winter started. The snowpark has monster kickers for the Pro level of rider and easier features for everyone to use.
  • Zermatt is open through out the summer and they have a rad park set up. The park stays open until mid October. Then this is moved further down the glacier on the Swiss side.
  • Glacier 3000 opened for business on the 29th September after receiving 80cm of snow. The park is due to open on the 6th November. Dates may change as conditions change. Keep up to date with Glacier 3000 here GLACIER3000
  • Engelberg in the centre of Switzerland has the Titlis glacier. Not a huge amount of terrain but big enough for a fun session. Engelberg is not too far from Zurich with a transfer time of 1 hour 20 minutes.

Austria 

  • Hintertux in the zillertal valley is one of the only glaciers that stays open all year round. However the park shuts during the hot summer months. The park opens for business at the beginning of September and they have a Pro kicker ready to go. They also have a lovely medium kicker line with a 3 in a row set up.
  • Kaunertal in the Western Tirol opens in mid October. The mountain is dedicated to building one of the best parks around. Usually lots of jib features for all levels of rider.
  • Stubai plays host to the Stubai Zoo, with infamous kickers and enough terrain to keep all styles of rider stoked. They manage the mountain here by covering the glacier over the summer to preserve the snow. One of the more extensive riding areas during the Autumn. They will open on the 17/10/2020.
  • Kitzsteinhorn is close to the resorts of Kaprun and Zell am See. Instead of opening in the hot summer they have a long opening period from October through until June each year.

Italy

  • Cervinia is home to our summer program with a shared park with Zermatt. The mountain shuts for a short period late summer/early Autumn before reopening at the end of October for a long winter season. Once the snow starts the mountain will open all the way down to the village. Check out our summer camp here CAMPS
  • Stelvio in Italy is beginning to emerge as another hot spot for Autumn riding. Here the Prinoth X camp takes place pulling in a selection of the worlds finest riders

 

France 

  • Tignes has the grande motte glacier which offers rad terrain. The lifts will usually start towards the end of October. If the snow comes early you can ride all the way down to Val Claret village. The glacier is accessed by a super fast under ground railway.
  • Les Deux Alpes in the southern French Alps has an awesome park both in the summer and late Autumn time. The glacier does shut from late summer into Autumn but will usually gets going towards the end of October.

If you are after coaching during the Summer and Autumn then please get in touch.

It is always worth checking the weather conditions before planning a trip, the weather during the autumn and summer can change fast and mountains can shut.

 


Verbier Snowboard Guide

VERBIER SNOWBOARD GUIDES

Verbier Snowboard Guides

Come join a guided session this coming winter. Explore some of the world class off-piste in Verbier and the 4 valley's.

Verbier has endless amounts of freeride terrain. This will range from crazy steep and gnarly to super mellow and playful. You can pick and choose which you ever you fancy. A vast majority of the terrain is lift accessed.  The two highest lift accessed peaks are Mont Gele and Mont Fort. Both of which are over 3000m and offer riding in all directions. These mountains are awesome and offer amazing amounts of Vertical descent.

If you are planning a weekend trip or a longer period of time then its well worth planning around decent snowfall. Keep up to date with snow conditions with Snow - Forecast SNOW

Your Vivid Snowboarding guide has been riding the mountains in and around verbier for years. This gives them that local knowledge and insight that you only have from time on a mountain. They will choose the best snow and terrain on any given day.

Through out the winter Vivid Snowboarding will be running specific Freeride weeks and weekends. You can check out all these options here FREERIDE

If you would like some more information on any of our products then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at Vivid Snowboarding.

Tel - 0041 792838735

Email: vividsnowboarding@gmail.com