Summer Snowboarding in the Alps

Summer snowboarding in the Alps.

Snowboarding is not just a winter sport or pastime. Riding takes place all year round all over the globe. Whether this is in South America or snow domes in Europe,China or Dubai. Some one will always be riding somewhere.

The European Alps is home to the most ridable all year round snowboarding resorts on the planet. During the summer months there are numerous riding locations. Here are handful of the best spots:

  • Cervinia, Italy ( our summer home ) - CERVINIA
  • Saas Fee, Switzerland.
  • Hintertux, Austria.
  • Les 2 Alpes, France
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Tignes, France.

These resorts will usually have a snow park set up running from mid to late June over the summer months and into the Autumn. Its worth checking with the lift company to see operating times. Lifts will usually open a little earlier in the morning and close after lunch time.

The overall amount of terrain on the glaciers is not as extensive as your regular winter resort. If the winter has been a big snow fall year then usually the glaciers are nicely topped up for the summer season and into the autumn.

Summer snowboarding in the Alps is awesome for your overall riding skills. Plenty of laps both on the piste and in the snow park lets the riding improve naturally.  Vivid Snowboarding has its annual summer session running in Cervinia between the 9th- 13th August. You can check out the camp details here on our site SUMMER.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for anymore details on our summer session or any of the locations mentioned above.

 


Splitboarding in Verbier

Splitboarding in Verbier

Splitboarding in Verbier

Splitboarding in Verbier is the perfect way to avoid the crowds. It could also be one of the safest ways to enjoy the mountains during Covid times. No more lift lines or busy slopes. Splitboarding offers a true backcountry adventure. Backcountry Splitboarding has become an extremely popular genre of snowboarding. It essentially allows the participant to access everything the backcountry has to offer. Splitboarding in verbier is truly magnificent with endless touring routes into hidden valleys and some of the very best ridable terrain in the world.

Below is an example list of the basic equipment you will require to get you started on your splitboarding journey:

  • The Burton Family Tree Straight chuter camber split board.
  • A pair of Burton Hitchhiker splitboard bindings.
  •  A pair of Burton x G3 High-traction Splitboard skins.
  • Burton x Black Diamond Compactor poles.
  • Burton Splitboard crampon.
  • The Burton AK sidecountry 20L backpack.

Check out all that Burton Snowboards have to offer here BURTON SHOP

Once your kitted out its time to get out into the mountains. Here in Verbier and the 4 valleys there are endless splitboarding options. We are on hand to guide you into different areas looking for the best snow and terrain. Check out all our freeride and splitboarding options here VIVID

All the Vivid Snowboarding backcountry coaches have been riding these mountains for years.  We will take you to the best locations on the mountain.

 

 


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.ABC real estate

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.

 


Verbier Spot Check: Mont Gele

Spot Check: Mont Gele

Spot Check : Mont Gele

Mont Gele sits at the height of 3023m above sea level. It has routes down all sides from the peak. A single cable takes riders up to the peak and you can choose form thousands of different lines on the way down. On the south side of the mountain you can access La Chaux via an itinerary route. The route is clearly marked out with yellow markers. You can check to see if this is open when exiting the cabin of the cable car. There are also plenty of different off-piste routes on the south with varying difficulty. Definitely worth taking a Vivid Snowboarding coach in order to find the best routes and conditions.

Check out the team VIVID

Mont Gele also has a main itinerary route off the top heading down towards the Col des Gentianes and the bottom of tortin. This is easiest route but some of the terrain on the way out is relatively flat so speed is required.

The mountain has plenty of different couloirs and slopes coming down into the Lac des Vaux area. Again these vary slightly in terms of their difficulty. Make sure you know how the snow pack is and a route down before dropping in.

As Mont Gele is a high alpine mountain, its worth checking out the weather conditions each day to get the low down. You can check these out here WEATHER

 

 


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