The Vivid Snowboarding Blog

The Vivid Snowboarding Blog

The Vivid Snowboarding blog

Welcome to the Vivid snowboarding blog. We aim to keep you up to date with everything Snowboarding in and around Verbier.

Keep a look out for fresh and exciting content on a weekly basis. We will look at everything from technical riding tips, resort reports through to product reviews and conditions on the mountain.

Look out for guest writers and links to our social media content.

We are going to be bring you fitness and riding tips which will transform your day on the mountain. Our product reviews will help guide you through the maze of equipment out there on the market, we will navigate you to what is best for your style and level of riding.

Our blog aims to give you a taste of Vivid Snowboarding. A session with Vivid Snowboarding is more than just a lesson, it is an unforgettable snowboarding experience!

If you have any questions on anything that is covered in our blog. If would like to talk on a one on one basis or have ideas on what content you would like to see then please get in contact with us. Vivid Snowboarding is open 24 hours a day to take bookings or to respond to enquiries. You can check all lesson and camp options here VIVID

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Contact details

Telephone: 0041 792838735

Email: vividsnowboarding@gmail.com


SUMMER CAMPS

Trick tip : frontside 540

Trick tip : frontside 540

Come up your freestyle game with Vivid Snowboarding FREESTYLE

Frontside 540. The rider will be taking off in their regular direction and landing the trick switch. A solid foundation for the trick would be having both your frontside 360 and frontside 180's on lock.

Find yourself a nice park kicker where your feeling comfortable and confident with the feel of the run in , take-off and landing. Ride the kicker enough times so  everything is working in unison, you feel at one with your board ready for your trick tip : frontside 540

On the run into the kicker remain relaxed, centred and focused. Keep looking ahead to your take off and control your speed. The key here is to not scrub off too much speed. Keep it constant and take the same amount of speed that you've been using in your warm up runs. Remember we are looking to send the trick into the sweet spot of the landing.

Here we are looking at the heel edge take the off and  therefore we are rolling onto our heel edge for take off. Lightly pressure the edge to create that solid platform. Pop off the kicker and into the trick. The clean and accurate pop will create balance and control through out the rotation. We need more energy than the 360 so throw a little harder. It is almost impossible to add momentum in the air so this needs to be sourced in the pop and take off section.

Here a Melon grab is added to stabilise the frontside 540 and aid with the rotation. Keep looking over your leading shoulder and begin to spot your landing. Here you want to keep looking onto your landing, stay focused and try land on those bolts with the weight centred.

Check out more tricks and tips on our social media channels TRICKS

 

 


WHICH INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION IS BEST?

WHICH INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION IS BEST?

Thinking about becoming a snowboard instructor? Wondering what course to book onto.

Here is a quick insight into which qualification pathway is best.  What qualifications are employers looking for?  why traveling to the other side of the world to gain your qualifications might not be everything it's cracked up to be.

The Snowboard instructing industry is littered with various courses and qualifications. These can be done fast tracked with specialised intensive courses or can spread out over longer periods of time.

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

A nine to ten week course may seem like a big financial out lay at the beginning. However most packages include pretty much everything from Hotel to meals, training through to exam costs. If you are fairly new to the winter sports industry, you will find the organised training sessions essential. You will gain the correct technical skills to get through the exams.Your coach will have been through the process and know the product inside out.

Traveling to locations further a field can be an awesome way to ride different mountain ranges and experience different culture.

Be aware of the snowboarding instructing system that you are signing up for. Knowledge is everything.
A Canadian qualification is great if you are wanting to instruct in Canada. Be warned that if you are wanting to continue with furthering your qualification then you will have to return to Canada to sit further exams. This could be both costly and time consuming.

BASI SNOWBOARDING: CHECK OUT THE PATHWAY HERE BASI SNOWBOARDING

The advantages of following a journey through the BASI system are huge.
The product is constantly evolving to keep up to date with the changing markets.
The BASI level one Snowboard qualification is a stand alone course and will enable instructors to teach in an indoor environment .
The BASI level two qualification will allow an instructor to teach all over the mountain.  If you are looking for a career in the snowboard industry then completing your BASI level 3 and 4 is essential.
The majority of BASI courses are run through out the year within Europe.The initial level one qualification can be done in a snow dome in the UK. A lot of the exams take place in November in Zermatt, Switzerland. Hintertux in Austria is the spring venue for exams.

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer the very best instructor training program on the market. Check out https://vividsnowboarding.com/instructor-training/

Please get in touch if you would like anymore information on any of our instructor training courses or camps.

 


Verbier in Winter

CHECK OUT VERBIER

Check out Verbier.

The town lies at 1500m above sea level and the highest peak is the Mont Fort that is 3330m.

The high altitude nature of the mountains around Verbier means it's a snow sure location for riding from November through until May.

The town has a large number of quality restaurants and bars and here at Vivid Snowboarding we can advise to check out the following:

  • Farinet Hotel
  • Pub Mont Fort
  • W Hotel
  • No.14
  • The Lodge
  • Ski Verbier Exclusive

A combination of some of the very best snowboarding terrain in the world mixed together with superb mountain restaurants and world class chalets and hotels makes Verbier one of the very best winter sports venues in the world.

Verbier is a south facing resort. Check out snow forecast for regular weather updates and snow conditions VERBIER

Vivid Snowboarding is the specialist snowboard school in Verbier. We established Vivid Snowboarding back in 2011 to fill the demand for a stand alone independent snowboard school. Vivid offers the highest quality teaching, coaching and guiding in Europe and is second to no one.

The quality of Vivid Snowboarding is due to its highly professional, skilful and qualified instructors. All the Vivid Snowboarding team have years of industry experience.

Check out our team page VIVID

Come join us this winter for a snowboard experience of a life time.


BASI SNOWBOARD EXAM

The BASI Snowboard Qualification.

The BASI Snowboard Qualification is one of the most respected in the industry. The qualification pathway or system has 4 levels.

The BASI Snowboard Qualification:

Level one:

  • Snowboard level 1 course which is five days on snow
  • Child protection module
  • 35 hours Snowsport school experience
  • First-Aid course

Level two:

  • Snowboard level 2 course which is 10 days on snow
  • 35 hours Snowsport School experience

Level 3:

  • Snowboard level 3 teaching course which is five days
  • Snowboard level 3 technical course which is five days
  • Second discipline level 1 course which is five days
  • Level 3 mountain safety course which is a total of six days on the mountain
  • Second language test
  • BASI Coaching course which is five days.
  • Written project on a chosen subject area.
  • Interview with BASI

At level 3 and level 2 there is also the option to take part in optional technical training that can understand the technical requirements and improve overall skills.

Level 4:

  • Level 4 EMS Training course ( 4 days )
  • 6 logged days touring
  • level 4 EMS Assessment course ( 3 days )
  • BASI coaching course ( 5 days )
  • FIS competition

The training for each level can be done with us here at Vivid Snowboarding BASI

All our coaches have their level 4 qualification and we have a current BASI trainer who delivers the exams. All have a huge knowledge of the product which enables us to teach and coach the ins and outs of what is required at each level. Having worked closely with BASI Snowboarding for the last 16 years around the world we've managed to network and produce great contacts for employment for some of our clients.

Check out our Autumn instructor training camp home in Saas Fee

For more information on BASI Snowboarding please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

 


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.


Check out Saas Fee

CHECK OUT SAAS FEE

Check out Saas Fee situated in the South West corner of the Valais region. The village sits at a height of 1800m. The mountains that surround the resort are some of the largest in Europe. Described as ' The pearl of the Alps' there are 13 peaks over 4000m in height.

Saas Fee is home to a large ridable glacier with snow cover all year round. The resort will shut for a few weeks during the spring and early Summer. By mid July they are open for business. The glacier offers a great selection of slopes as well as an awesome snow park for all levels of rider. The park attracts the worlds best riders during the Autumn months as they are getting prepared for the up and coming contest season.

The glacier is accessed by gondola lifts and an underground railway that cuts through the mountains up to the slopes. The slopes are broken up into two clear sections with a upper and lower section. When snow conditions allow later in the autumn the lifts and slopes around the mid station open up.

The village is a typical Swiss chocolate box resort. Hand crafted chalets and hotels sit alongside cow sheds and farmers barns. A little like Zermatt, Saas Fee keeps its streets car free which adds to the pure charm of the resort. There is a great selection of shops, restaurants and bars. The infamous Popcorn bar POPCORN BAR SAAS FEE usually fires up most weekends if you are wanting a lively party spot.

If you are looking to become a snowboard instructor or just raise your overall riding skills then you should check out our instructor training course Instructor training.

We are offering private coaching through out the Autumn in Saas Fee. Get in touch for more details.

 

 


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.

Forecast

 

 


Vivid Snowboarding Freestyle Camps 2020 - 2021

Vivid Snowboarding Freestyle Camps

Vivid Snowboarding Freestyle camps will be running during the February holiday season and the Easter holidays.

The five day camps are the perfect way to raise your freestyle skills and to become comfortable and confident with riding the snowpark.

The Verbier snowpark has features for all levels of rider. The progressive nature of the park really helps to improve your riding. There is a superb mixture of snowpark features. These range from a fluid line of blue kickers, red kickers and black booters to ride on boxes and more advanced rails and jib features.

All the Vivid Snowboarding freestyle coaches are very experienced park riders and coaches. They will  be able to get the very best out of you and you're riding.

Check out our You Tube channel to check our your coaching team Coaches

A typical day might start with warming up a few of the basic freestyle tricks like the ollie and nollie. These could be linked into pressing the board and generally getting a solid feel for the board and the snow conditions. This could then lead onto a flatland 180 session getting comfortable with both landing and taking off switch.

By mid-morning when the body is sufficiently warmed up its time for a few snowparks laps. These could focus on getting comfortable riding both kickers, boxes and rails. Riders will start with becoming comfortable with straight airs then moving onto grabbed tricks.

Once a rider becomes comfortable with grabs then its time to take some spins off the jumps!

All sessions will be filmed and Instagram edits and posts will be had by all.

Please get in contact for more information on our CAMPS

Vivid Snowboarding is the specialist snowboard school in Verbier.

 

 


Freeriding above Verbier

Camps and Clinics for Winter 2020

Camps and Clinics for Winter 2020.It's been an amazing start to the year here in Verbier, Switzerland. We had some awesome snowfalls through out December which has lead to great snow cover all over the mountain. One of the very best ways to ride the superb terrain around Verbier while improving your riding is on one of our camps or clinics.

We have a great selection of freeride camps and clinics running through out the winter.

Here are the five day camp freeride dates:

20th  - 24th January

3rd - 7th February

2nd March - 6th March.

Each Camp will last 5 days and the cost is 790CHF per person

 

This winter we will also be running performance clinics at weekends. The style of the clinic will vary depending on snow conditions but expect powder turns if its on and park laps if its not snowed for a while.

Our first clinic will be running the weekend 25th - 26th January

 

Our freestyle camps will be running a little later in the winter

Half term session - 17th - 21st February

Spring session - 6th - 10th April

Each camp will last 5 days and the cost is 790CHF per person.

 

Check out the full run down of camps on our website page:

VERBIER CAMPS LINK

Keep your eyes peeled on all our social media channels as we have our new Vivid Snowboarding girls camps and clinics dropping shortly. These will be an awesome addition to our already extensive range.

If you are looking for accommodation options then have a look at our special page Accommodation Options