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.

 

 


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.


THE BEST TERRAIN IN THE WORLD FOR SNOWBOARDING

Verbier has some of the best terrain in the world for snowboarding, so why not come and join us this coming winter 2017/18. The mountain has achieved an almost mythical status amongst the snowboard and ski community world wide. The lift accessed off-piste is just one of its many alluring charms. Mont Gele for example is a 3000m peak with lift access to the very top. It has an itinerary route down one face but it is an unmarked , off-piste heaven. Nothing is manicured and prepared, its rough and rugged , a true mountain experience.

The Beauty about the terrain on offer is there is something for everyone. Beginners wanting to make as many turns as possible can enjoy some of the sweeping blue and red runs. These are  littered around the mountain. These will have beginner riders building their skills and confidence. For the intermediate rider wanting to step their game up and venture in to the backcountry. The mountain is strewn with various terrain zones that will help aid progression. The under rated savoleyres might lack the steepness of the Verbier mountain. It has awesome tree runs and terrain in between runs that is perfect to gain skills riding off-piste. Savoleyres is a real gem when the light is flat and the snow is hammering down. The trees and the geographical position close to the Rhone valley means it can often get more visibility  Verbier.

Bruson

Bruson is a small resort over the other side of the valley from Verbier. Its a backcountry dream with tree runs, pillow lines and much more. Its a mid winter treat so usually works between December and the beginning of March. The resorts have now been linked up via a gondola through the Le Chable which is slowly becoming a destination in itself to stay during your trip to the 4 valleys.

The importance of a park should not be over looked in any resort. Winter 2016/17 was the worst in memory  but the Verbier Snowpark crew did a sterling job in creating something out of nothing. There are features for all levels of riders.

Rock Garden, Stairway , Highway , Hidden Valley are just a handful of the hundreds of off-piste routes that make the mountains around Verbier some of the best terrain in the world for snowboarding. Come and explore these magical mountains. We offer private lessons and guiding as well as an introduction to backcountry snowboarding and a more advanced Freeride camp. Check out dates on our site and get in contact to find out more details.

Vivid Snowboarding , The Verbier Snowboard School.

 

 


VERBIER BACKCOUNTRY

Some of the epic Verbier backcountry

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Always great snow in Super bowl on the backside of Mont Fort
Always great snow in Super bowl on the backside of Mont Fort

Verbier's reputation is backed up by hosting the finals of the World Freeride tour every march time on the legendary Bed De Rosses which is non lifted accessed 3000m steep scary face. The worlds best freeride competitors fight it out to see who can choose the fastest, hardest and most fluid line down the mountain. A great weekend to come and see Verbier at its very best.

A new lift will link Verbier with the resort of Bruson. A relatively small station but it comes into its own when the visibility is poor as it has great treeline skiing and it also has some great off piste when the conditions are right.

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If you are looking to explore around some of the classic backcountry routes that Verbier has to offer its worth getting in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. We will be able to talk you through a few different options for your day in the backcountry as well as give you some local insight into conditions. We offer a guiding service for more advanced riders and we also offer introductory sessions to riding off piste. The beauty of Verbier is that there is so much terrain to choose from so there is something for everyone.

Check out our off-piste guiding options here VIVID

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