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

 

 


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

 

 


Frontside 360

THE FRONTSIDE 360

The FRONTSIDE 360 is one of the most feel good tricks out there and is a must in any rider’s arsenal.

The Movements

The MOVEMENTS for this trick can be learnt on a slope or small side hits and then taken to the park or backcountry. The trick can be performed off the toe and heel edge. Here we are going to be focusing on the HEEL EDGE version off a PARK KICKER.

Find a kicker that you feel comfortable hitting. By this I mean you have a good measure of the speed needed to hit the sweet spot of the landing and you’ve gauged the shape of the take off. On the run in try and feel yourself relaxed, centred and focused on the approaching take off. Keep the ankles , knees and hips slightly flexed and upper body aligned.  The run in wants to be timed so you have rolled your board onto the heel edge for take off.

The HEEL EDGE will be your platform to pop from.
Here we are looking to pop off the heel edge. By POPPING OFF the kicker this will add BALANCE and CONTROL to your trick in the air. If you just ride off the kicker the trick will not be solid or balanced. POP!

A combination of movements has to happen at this point , this is where your set up will be important. When you are popping into the trick HOLD YOUR LINE and you will want to throw your head, shoulders, arms front side and release the spin.The trick itself will need more energy than a front side 180 but don’t throw too hard.

AIRBORNE 

Once AIRBORNE you will want to stay as compact as possible. Think about bringing your knees to nipples and holding yourself in a relaxed position, knees out over your feet. Always looking to make smooth effortless movements as this will bring your style points up. Grabs can add stability into the trick.

Think about a basic grab like the indy or melon. Keep looking over your leading shoulder, don’t open the head up too much.
Now the all important LANDING. Here you want to be blocking the trick with your eyeline. It is a trick that you will be looking back up the landing .

You can almost look through your legs to spot touch down. Bring the landing gear down beneath you and LAND ON THOSE BOLTS.

Come join us for a freestyle session and get your frontside 360 dialled today VIVID

Please check out our social media channels for more tricks and tips VIVID

 


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.