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.


Choose quality gear

WHAT TO WEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN

What to wear on the mountain to keep yourself dry and comfortable.

The weather is constantly changing in the mountains. Therefore its is essential to kit yourself out in the right clothing each day. Wearing the wrong kit can lead to an early finish when conditions might be awesome.

OUTERWEAR:

Waterproof and breathable jackets and pants are super important.It is worth investing in quality. Anything above a 10,000mm will keep you dry.If your a rider who will be hiking and working the body, it is worth getting highly breathable items of clothing. If your budget allows I would look at a Gore-Tex jacket and pant combo. Check out the online Burton Snowboards shop for the biggest and best Outerwear range in the business.BURTON SHOP

UNDER LAYERS:

Here you want to start with a quality base layer which will vary in how warm and breathable they are.Long sleeve top and bottoms. If you are someone who feels the cold then go for something a little thicker. Above the base layer you are looking for a fleece or down jacket. If the conditions are cold I would suggest a down jacket that really works well in keeping warmth next to the body. Always worth getting some nice snowboard socks. Gone are the days where these have to be super thick. Snowboard boots are well insulated so get a few pairs which are comfortable.

GLOVES AND MITTS:

Cold hands equals bad day. Find something that is comfortable, functional and warm. I am big fan of mitts during the winter. They are more practical than gloves and feel great to wear. I also look for a more minimal style light glove for riding in the spring and summer time. Sometimes a glove that is less bulky feels a little better and has more style.

Check out Burton snowboards on our friends page for all your clothing needs Burton Snowboards


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.

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PERFORMANCE CLINICS - Vivid Snowboarding

PERFORMANCE CLINICS - Vivid Snowboarding clinics are designed for you to get the most out of your time on the hill, these run from first lift to last lift with your instructor. Our 2day format will get stoked and looking at your own performance in a different way.

The aim is to link your the mind, body and board so they  working together. This  link will take you from being a recreational rider to a more accomplished and confident rider. Giving you the skills to charge everything on the mountain.

We will break down and look at everything from stance width and angel to equipment choice and injected the correct inputs on every aspect of your riding where it is needed.

Small group sizes will ensure that private session feel. Personal rider development is our priority. Whether this is an early season weekend refresher or a mid-winter fixer, this will inject new style and rhythm into your riding.

Sessions will vary depending on the conditions of the day. We will always match the style of riding to what the mountain offers. If it’s a blower powder day then freeriding it is and if its sunny and groomed in the snowpark then park laps are on.

Come join us for the very first performance clinic on the opening weekend 30th November – 1st December 2019. The weekend should be awesome with plenty going on up on the mountain. Check out our Website for more details Performance clinics

Performance clinics - Vivid Snowboarding clinics will run through out the winter so please get in contact for a chat and to learn more.

Keep an eye on weather conditions in Verbier WEATHER FORECAST


VIVID WINTER FREERIDE CAMP

Vivid Winter Freeride Camp

The Vivid Snowboarding middle of winter Freeride camp is for the more advanced rider. Everyone should be comfortable and confident in their own ability in the backcountry. This  five day off-piste feast will be focused on finding the very best snow and terrain on offer. The vastness of the four valleys with its huge variety of mountains with varying aspects means we can search, explore and ride some of the Europe’s finest backcountry terrain. Even in more hostile conditions when the light is reduced and  the visibility is flat there are endless tree riding options. Check out our You tube channel for some footage of the area VIVID FREERIDE

Safety is of paramount importance through out the camp and therefore all safety equipment is obligatory. If you do not have your own safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe and airbag) then you can hire this for an additional fee.

The Vivid Snowboarding middle of winter Freeride Camp will be run by the following coaches:

  1. Rob Norton is one of the highest qualified and most experienced snowboard coaches in Verbier. He holds his top British, French , Swiss and Austrian qualifications. Rob has been a snowboard examiner through the British system for the last 12 years. He has also been coaching and examining up and coming instructors. He has spent over 14 winters in Verbier and knows all the best locations to ride.
  2. Fred Surma holds his top Swiss qualification and has been coaching, riding and guiding in the mountains around Verbier for the last 20 years. There is nothing Fred doesn't know about the terrain on offer. He has an incredible wealth of knowledge and will take you to the very best spots on the mountain.

The camp does not include accommodation. Please look at our accommodations ideas page and don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any advice or help is choosing the correct location for your trip.

The camp is fee is 790CHF and includes the following:

  • Five full days coaching and guiding.
  • Vivid Snowboarding beanie.
  • Edit of the weeks riding.

Check out our camp options here VIVID CAMPS


Vivd Snowboarding Season Opening

Vivid Snowboarding Season Opening

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  in the Vivid Snowboarding season opening camp early December in Verbier. We 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. You can check out a list of accommodation that comes recommended by us here Options.

The last few winters have seen awesome early season snow. The lifts have been up and running during the weekends in November. We confident for another great start to the winter here in Verbier. The resort always do a fine job in preparing the mountain with artificial snow as well shaping and managing the real stuff. The high altitude nature of the slopes in verbier means its a perfect early season location.

Check out the conditions in Verbier weather check

 

 

 

 

      

 

 


reasons to ride Verbier

REASONS TO RIDE VERBIER

REASONS TO RIDE VERBIER

1. Some of the best lift accessed off-piste in the world. Verbier has an amazing lift system. A lot of the major lifts drop you on the very highest peaks allowing riders to access some of the best terrain in the world, a major reasons to ride Verbier. Check out the lift system here LIFTS

2. The sheer scale and size of the four Valleys means you will always be finding new terrain to ride. The area is vast, it comes into the top 5 biggest ridable areas in the world. You can start your day in Bruson and ride all the way to Thyon which is above Sion in the Valais!

3. Home to Vivid Snowboarding offering the best tuition, coaching and guiding in Europe. Vivid Snowboarding has built a reputation as the number one snowboard school in Europe. A combination of world class instructor and passionate snowboarders has created this mix. You can check out the full team here TEAM

4. Progressive Snowpark with an amazing array of kickers, rails and boxes. The Verbier snowpark is one of the best in the area. It has features for all levels of rider.

5. A few under rated and unridden spots like Bruson and Savoleyres.


March in Verbier

March 1st 2014

March 1st 2014

Holiday time is upon us here in Verbier. This has bought with it slightly longer lift lines and busier slopes.

March 1st 2014 on the mountain has been great of late with plenty on new snow and all the lifts in the four valleys being open. Bruson has seen some epic conditions and the new lift has really helped make access to the mountain a lot easier than the old bus across the valley floor then up.

Check out conditions in Bruson BRUSON

All the team have been busy  teaching and coaching on the hill. Vivid Kids product has been really popular with lots of youngsters taking their first enjoyable moments on their board. It has been great to see the response from the recent Olympics in Sochi. The GB snowboard team were great to watch and  there were some outstanding performances  in slope style from Jamie Nicholls and the Amazing Jenny Jones who scooped a bronze medal in the ladies event. This has had an amazing effect on the general public in the UK as snowboarding fever has hit home. It is an easy sport to pick up in the UK with loads of dry slopes and indoor centers. Snowboarding is for everyone and it is an amazing day out so get involved and get down to your nearest hill.

If you are looking to join a snowboarding session in Verbier, please check out all our lesson options here VIVID

Vivid Snowboarding will have spring camps going out. The snow park is coming into its own and conditions will only improve as we move into the spring more.

For any style of teaching or coaching in Verbier please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. A new breed of snowboard school

 


MID SEASON

MID SEASON - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Mid season in Verbier has seen some more huge snowfalls in the last few weeks .The resort has gone into holiday mode with slightly larger lift lines in key areas.  All the mountain has great cover and the snow has been amazing up top. Be careful when riding off piste as the avalanches have been ripping out in certain areas of the mountain. http://genevalunch.com/2013/02/13/update-2-two-nendaz-verbier-avalanches-wednesday-kill-1-leave-2-critical/

Be super careful when you are venturing off-piste. It worth taking a guide or coach who knows the area.  Always have your safety equipment and know how to use it! It is always worth checking the avalanche risk scale on a daily basis and look out for danger warnings.

If its been snowing heavily for a long period of time and this has ben mixed with different temperatures and wind then the avalanche risk will be high.  Adapt your riding according to conditions. Don't look to ride on steep exposed slopes. Always look for mellow terrain where the risk of a slide ripping out is nothing.

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding if you need any information about riding off-piste. Our door is always open to everyone.

All the team have been busy both working and enjoying the hill.

Vivid snowboarding got a big shout out in Shortlist magazine , well done to Richy last winter who put in the hard work. Check out his profile on our team page TEAM

http://www.shortlist.com/instant-improver/adventure/learn-to-snowboard-in-3-days

For any snowboard tuition, coaching or guiding please get in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding.