Le Chable by winter

Spot Check: LE CHABLE

Spot Check: LE CHABLE

Le Chable is fast becoming the centre piece of the Val des Bagnes. Verbier sits on one side and the mountains of Bruson the other. The town of Le Chable has under gone changes in the last few years and more plans are a foot to develop the village more. The modernisation of the Le Chable train and lift station has lead to faster access to both Verbier and Bruson.

Travel links into Val des Bagnes have centred around the development of the new train station. This allows more weekend traffic to flow into the mountains to enjoy some of the very best snowboarding terrain in the world. If you are after weekend sessions on the mountain then check out your options here https://vividsnowboarding.com/verbier-snowboard-school-products/

The Le Chable to Verbier lift is due to stay open year round from November 2021 from early in the morning until late at night. This means that accommodation options in Le Chable become attractive to everyone. The lift time to Medran in Verbier is only ten minutes so from the valley floor to Ruinettes you are looking at about 20 minutes.

During mid winter when the snow lies on the valley floor there are off-piste routes that meander down from the Verbier side. ( only go with a guide or someone with local knowledge as many routes are littered with hazards). On the Bruson side of the mountain there is an itinerary run that flows back into Le Chable.

Le Chable has a great selection of Hotels, restaurants and bars. One of our top choice accommodation options to stay at would be Una lodge. Please check it out here UNA

For any more information on Le Chable please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding.

 


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.

Year round snowboarding with Vivid Snowboarding

The Vivid Snowboarding Calendar

The Vivid Snowboarding Calendar

Vivid Snowboarding offers a wide range of specialist freeride and freestyle camps. Vivid Snowboarding also offers a good mix of instructor training courses and an avalanche awareness course.

During the winter months we are based in Verbier, Switzerland, home to some of the best freeride terrain in Europe. In the summer months we run our programmes in Cervinia, Italy.

Our winter starts at the beginning of December with a long weekend season opening camp. This will get your riding fine-tuned for the up and coming season.

Freeride camps take place during January and February taking advantage of mid-winter snow conditions. We have camps for the more accomplished rider. The kind of rider looking to search, explore and ride some of the highest quality off-piste terrain out there. We also have camp options for the new comer to freeriding, who is looking raise their technical skills and gain in confidence and increase their knowledge of the mountain environment.

Vivid Snowboarding offers a Japan powder camp each January for those wanting to experience the ultimate powder riding in Japan.

Check out the resort of Hakuba here HAKUBA

If you are wanting to gain a specific backcountry qualification then come and join one of our ISTA (International Snow Training Academy courses) courses. The day discovery course will teach you basic risk prevention when off-piste. You will be given the tools to stay safe in the backcountry.

Check out the ISTA course here ISTA

Freestyle camps run during the back end of the winter season and during the summer months in Cervinia. If you are wanting to progress your freestyle game or add some new flavours to your riding then this is perfect option.

Through out the winter in Verbier, Vivid Snowboarding offer our girls shred afternoon. These are an awesome way for the girls snowboarding community in Verbier and the surrounding area to get together and have fun together.

Our instructor training courses will give you the opportunity to gain your BASI level 1 and 2 qualifications. This takes place in Saas Fee every Autumn. From years in the instructor training industry we’ve created the perfect course. The correct amount of coaching, balanced next to plenty of practise time which develops skills. We have real job opportunities with Vivid Snowboarding in Verbier.

We do also offer month long intensive training camps without the stress of any exams.

Keep an eye out on our social media channels for up and coming dates


snowboarding lessons in Verbier

Snowboarding lessons in Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding is the specialist snowboarding school in Verbier. We offer every style of snowboard lesson and have the very best instructors, guides and coaches in resort. We think of the time you spend with your instructor to be more than just a snowboard lesson. It is the ultimate snowboarding experience.

Here is a list of the products we offer:

  • Private
  • Group
  • Freestyle
  • Freeride
  • Splitboarding
  • Kids
  • Instructor Training
  • Heli Riding

Come and take a lesson with us this winter in Verbier. Our snowboarding lessons in Verbier can vary in relation to the duration. A lesson can be for two hours, three hours, four hours or a full day.

Check out the pricing for all our snowboarding lessons in Verbier here PRICE

Private lessons are a great way to initially learn. These will be the most effective in helping the individual grasp the basics.

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we also offer specialized Freeride and Freestyle weeks and weekends. These run for five days and are an awesome way to really push your riding in your chosen direction. If you are looking to explore some of the amazing mountain around Verbier then why not join a Freeride week or weekend. It's a full five days or two days on the mountain. You will be riding with a crew of riders. It's an awesome way to meet like minded shredders while progressing you're riding at the same time.

If you are looking to come for a freeride experience it is well worth checking out conditions before arriving WEATHER

Please don't hesitate to get in contact for more details, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 


Look before you jump

The Snowpark Safety Guide

Snowpark Safety Guide

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.

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. Every 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. Learn the snowpark safety guide.

If you are looking to ride the snowpark come take a session Freestyle sessions.

 


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

 

 


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.

Forecast

 

 


Spektrum Eye wear

SPEKTRUM EYEWEAR.

Vivid Snowboarding is super excited to announce its continued relationship with Spektrum eyewear.

All the Vivid team have been using the goggles for winter 2019 - 2020 and are extremely happy with the product. All the different designs are comfortable to wear with great lenses for all conditions. They look clean and sharp on the mountain.

Spektrum have been awarded an ISPO Gold Winner 2020 award for their latest 'OSTRA' goggles. These are the most environmentally friendly goggles on the market for winter 2020 -2021.The materials that have been used to construct the goggles are from natural and recyclable materials. These will be available for the upend coming winter in the Northern hemisphere.

Spektrum is fast becoming one of the market leaders in sustainable goggles . Check out their products https://www.spektrumsports.com/en/

Spektrum have shown a huge commitment to market research in their chosen specialised area.

If you are looking for the very best eyewear to use on the mountain then look no further. If you enter the code VIVID2019 on the Spektrum site then you will be given a 25% discount on any goggles or performance sunglasses.

Go get some today

Vivid Snowboarding will continue to be working with Spektrum for the coming winter 2020 - 2021. All the crew are super excited to again be using the product. If you are in resort and are wanting to get a pari then check out Mountain Air shop where the Vivid Snowboarding desk is.

Please get in touch if you need to find our location Location


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


Vivid Snowboarding trick tip : frontside 180 - Verbier Snowboard School.

VIVID SNOWBOARDING TRICK TIP : FRONTSIDE 180

Vivid Snowboarding trick tip : frontside 180 - Verbier Snowboard School.

 

One of the most underrated tricks in Snowboarding.  A simple trick, done well it can show the true sign of a stylish, accomplished rider.

The basics of the trick are taking off regular and then landing switch. It will be one of the first rotations learnt but will take time, energy and love to perfect.

Once mastered , it’s is  great for testing that first rotation of a slightly bigger kicker or trying a spin in the backcountry.  The trick can be performed off the toe or heel edge.

THE TIMING

On the run into the kicker you want to keep that central feel on your board. Don’t allow the weight to be too over the front foot or be sitting back over the tail. Think a nice 50% on the front and 50% on the back foot.

Keep the upper body relaxed , aligned , strong core and the eyes focusing on the kicker.

We want to be timing our run in so we have rolled onto the heel edge at point of take off .

Hold the line off the kicker and pop  , don’t be too hasty and rotate too early. A frontside 180 is a small rotation  so you don’t need to throw the trick too hard on takeoff.  Remember to throw the head , shoulders, core at the same time , these movements want to blend together


THE TRICK

Stay relaxed and compact in the air . Push your knees out over your boots to create that all important triangle shape or house with the lower half of the body. Try and make movements that are smooth and stylish.

Grabs can add stability into any trick . The picture below shows the rider grabbing melon which helps with the rotation.

Keep your eye line watching the spot you want to land on. If you open the head up and keep looking around with the rotation then you will over rotate the trick. By locking the eye line on the spot you want to land then you will block the rotation and land on this spot.

Come join us for a freestyle session and master your frontside 180 FREESTYLE SESSION