5 reasons to join our instructor training program in Saas Fee

5 reasons to join our instructor training program

5 reasons to join our instructor training program

  1. The unique timing of the course. Our program kicks off at the end of September and runs through until the end of November. This means that anyone successful in completing the BASI level one and two will be qualified and super employable for the coming northern hemisphere winter.
  2. Rob Norton the founder of Vivid Snowboarding has been a BASI Snowboard Examiner for the last 14 years. He has designed the perfect instructor training program and he knows exactly what it takes to get students through their exams. The idea is to become both awesome riders and instructors with a in depth understanding and knowledge of the BASI snowboarding product
  3. Saas Fee is home to the stomping grounds park during the autumn, the very best snowboarders on the planet come and get warmed up for the coming winter. This will give you an idea of just how good the park is in Saas.
  4. The BASI qualification is one of the strongest in the world. It will give anyone a huge boost when looking for employment. Its not just a question of paying your money and getting a qualification. You have to be able to adapt and improve your riding to be match the criteria set in each exam. Check out the BASI Website for a look at the snowboard pathway BASI SNOWBOARDING
  5. Possible job opportunity with Vivid Snowboarding in Verbier, Switzerland for the coming winter.

Check out our instructor training page for more details on our instructor training course BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR


Burton Custom Board Review

BURTON CUSTOM BOARD REVIEW

Sizes: 150, 154, 156, 158, 162, 154W, 158W, 162W, 166W, 170W

Burton Custom Board Review

This board has been the backbone of the Burton range since 1996. It is a true all terrain slayer being able to handle steep couloirs and pillow lines through to kickers and icy pipe transitions.

The board comes in various sizes and can be ridden in true camber style or flying V. Its directional shape makes it perfect for those powder days and it has a twin flex which makes riding regular or switch easy. The slightly stiffer flex pattern makes this suitable for the intermediate to advanced rider amongst you.

This really is a board that can take you anywhere and therefore if you want a one board quiver then look no further than the Burton Custom.

Come ride and test Burton Snowboards with us this winter in Verbier. We have tests centres in the new flagship store on the main strip and in Mountain air.

Vivid Snowboarding will be open for lessons and session during weekends in November and then full time from the opening weekend of winter 2019/20 at the beginning of December. Look out for new products dropping during the Autumn. If you need any advice on boards or hard goods from Burton Snowboards then don't hesitate to get in touch and find out what will suit your needs the best.

Check out the online Burton shop today to get your Burton Custom
BURTON SHOP
Vivid Snowboarding is the Specialist Snowboard School in Verbier


POSTURE

Our body position or stance is the most important ingredient in Snowboarding.
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.
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 manner.
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
Come join us for a snowboard lesson in Verbier.  Progress with style and confidence.

Vivid Snowboarding Season Opening Camp Early December in Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding season opening  camp early December in Verbier. Our long weekend kicks off on 2nd December and runs until 4th December 2017. The aim of the camp is to get your technical game on point and give the riding the once over before the winter kicks off in full. The price of the camp is 400CHF and includes 3 full days of coaching.  https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

 

We are not including accommodation but can help arrange hostels, chalets and hotels depending on your budget and taste. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need more details , we look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

 

 

 

      

 

 


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.


WHO IS OUR TRAINEE INSTRUCTOR COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

Who is our Trainee instructor course suitable for?

The course could be described as intensive snowboard lesson. You will transform your technical game, you will learn how to become an inspirational instructor and take away some memories for life.

You will want to have around 6 – 10 weeks minimum on a board. However sometimes if your natural ability is exceptional strong then less might be sufficient. The initial part of the course will be taking your riding back to basics. Once these have been nailed you will have a solid foundation to build your riding around.

The course program is geared towards firstly being successful at the BASI level one then moving on to the level two exams. The timescale, location and time of year means it is suitable for a whole range of snowboarders.

Anyone is welcome we take people from 18 years old and upwards. I have during my 10 years examining all levels of instructors in the BASI snowboard system trained and examined riders who are still making turns and wanting to progress their skills in their 60’s. Its never too late to get involved in becoming a instructor, even if you are not going on to use the qualification to find work it will and I guarantee this will make your technical riding so much stronger.

School leavers, university students , career changers , avid snowboarders everyone is welcome – If you want to start your journey into a instructing career then there is no better startingplace.


UNIVERSITY HOLIDAYS

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The timing of our trainee instructor program will enable students to get qualified during their summer holidays. The nine week course sits in the middle of the summer. A successful candidate can gain their BASI level one and two qualifications by the end of August. This could then be used for full time employment in any ski resort around the globe. It could also help gain part time work during holiday periods whilst you study in the UK.
There are numerous Snowsport schools in Europe that look for part time workers. For example, Interski who are based just down the road in Aosta are always taking on instructors on short term contracts during school holidays.

From working in one of these jobs they are great experience, plus you get transport to the resort, food and accommodation included, then in addition you get paid to teach. So you end up gaining some cash, some valuable teaching hours and you get time to ride before and after your teaching hours (generally 10am to 3pm)
Alternatively Britain has a huge amount of Snowdomes and dry slopes which are always after qualified instructors. Demand for staff is generally in the evenings and at weekends. This can fit teaching and riding around your studying.
For the summer 2016 instructor training program Vivid Snowboarding will be offering a 5% discount for all NUS card holders. For further information please contact us at vividsnowboarding@gmail.com


BECOME A SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR WITH VIVID SNOWBOARDING

Launching in summer 2016 will be our 9 week instructor training course in Cervinia, Italy. The Cervinia/Zermatt glacier is the highest and largest in Europe. There is a great mix of terrain and an awesome Snowpark. We have purposely created a midsummer course so you can gain your BASI level one and level two before all the schools in the northern hemisphere start employing for the coming winter. By the beginning of September you will be sending off your job application forms.
Here at Vivid Snowboarding we have contacts all over the globe.

Our network includes:

  • West coast, East Coast and Colorado in America
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • All over Europe

We also have great contacts in the southern hemisphere.
Vivid Snowboarding is always on the lookout for new instructors in its home resort of Verbier.

If you fancy chatting about the course or anything to do with becoming a Snowboard instructor don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat. Rob – 0041 792838735


SNOW PARK SAFETY

SNOW PARK SAFETY - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Vivid snowboarding

Here are some specific safety points to be aware of when riding park.

1. Features will be clearly labelled like the piste. Starting at green which will be easiest and finishing with black which are for advanced riders.

2. Always check the feature before attempting to hit it. You may have been taking on the same feature every day for a week but shapes can change overnight so take a look before the start of each session, go for a dry run, riding into features to get the measure of the speed that you require and the shape.

3. Always good to watch other riders hit the feature you want to ride, this way you can get an idea of where to drop in from. Nothing worse than under cooking it but at the same time you don’t want to be sailing over the knuckle still going up!

4. Make sure there is no one on the landing before attempting to hit a feature. If in any doubt don’t go.

5. Never try something too far outside your comfort zone, remember to always be in control. Ever body loves a hero but be careful as your best day ever can turn into your worst in a split second.

6. Alert other park users that you are dropping into a feature this could be done by a simple hand in the air or by shouting dropping.

7. If you do fall, try and move away from the landing zone as quickly as possible so you are visible and in a safe place.

8.If a feature is closed don't hit it!

9.If you witness an accident or are involved in one , go through the correct steps. Make area safe, make sure casualty is comfortable and inform the park crew of what has happened.

10. Always have respect for others.

 

Vivid Snowboarding , The specialist Snowboard School