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

 


Season Opening camp Verbier

SEASON OPENING CAMP DECEMBER

SEASON OPENING CAMP DECEMBER 

Vivid snowboarding is kicking off winter with a season opening camp December. Our five day course or skills camp will be focused around building confidence and feeling at ease on your board as well as beginning to fine tune and progress with your technical riding in different areas on the mountain. We will be touching on the basics and building skills up around how you stand and steer your snowboard on the hill. 

We will ride different types of snow and terrain. If the mountain has powder then powder we ride. The Season Opening Camp December will be awesome.  

The slopes above Verbier are usually guaranteed snow at this time of yearend therefore its a great choice for an early season ride.

Check out the conditions here WEATHER

We will look at and build upon some of the very basics from how we stand and steer to different lines and how to adapt and adjust in different snow conditions. This camp will be the perfect start to your winter. The course will run from 9am until 4pm daily.  The course will cost 790CHF and this be for all coaching on the mountain. We work with different hotels, chalets so don't hesitate to call for different options. 

Please get in contact for more details. 

We have an awesome selection of camps that run through out the year. You can see all our camp options on our site. These range from freeride weeks to freestyle camps and much more. 

Check out all camps here OPTIONS 


END OF SEASON UPDATE 2016/17.

End of season update 2016/17 for Vivid Snowboarding in Verbier. 2016/17 will not be remembered for its volume of snow. November saw widespread snowfall across the Alps. A few team members enjoyed early season powder in both Zermatt and Stubai. A lingering high pressure parked up over central Europe lead to endless sunny days with no precipitation in Verbier. The beginning of December was mainly spent riding park on the Glacier 3000. The park consists of beginner to intermediate kicker lines. Perfect for getting ones skills tuned up for the coming season. The holiday period of Christmas and New year was mainly spent riding on artificial snow. The Verbier mountain staff did an epic job is creating widespread cover across the mountain. The advantage of Verbier over some of its neighbouring resorts is its altitude. It has the ability to blow snow when mother nature has not been playing ball.   A few natural snowfalls were seen mid January and then more in mid February. Our first backcountry camp was a success and we look forward to more camps next winter.

Verbier Snowpark

As much as the lack of snow effected the more backcountry minded rider. The Verbier Park crew knocked up one of the better the parks seen in the resort over the last few winters. They seem to be making a slightly more user friendly park which matches the natural terrain of La Chaux. Nothing too big and scary with progressive features for all levels of rider. We also saw an encouraging number of new riders on the mountain this past winter . The lack of snow was meaning a few skiers were making the cross over to set themselves a new challenge.

Lots of new and exciting projects for the summer and beyond for Vivid Snowboarding. Keep an eye on our social media channels . Thank you to all our clients who enjoyed sessions with us over the winter. We look forward to seeing you all again next winter.

Vivid Snowboarding , The Verbier Snowboard School.

 

 


SUMMER CAMPS

VIVID SUMMER CAMPS AND COURSES

Vivid Summer camps and courses

Vivid Snowboarding, the Verbier Snowboard School will again be moving to its summer home of Cervinia. Here Vivid Snowboarding summer camps and courses 2017 will be running. These will take on the format of 5 full days coaching and riding in the Gravity Snowpark situated on the Zermatt/Cervinia glacier.

The camps are happening on the following dates

https://vividsnowboarding.com/camps/

10th - 14th July 2017

14th - 18th August 2017

The camps are £699 and the following is included:

5 days tuition and coaching from top British and European Freestyle coaches
Lift pass
Six nights half board accommodation which includes Breakfast and evening meal
Free Vivid Snowboarding sweatshirt and beanie
Video feedback sessions
Dry land coaching using the latest jib training board and balance bar
A video edit of the week to take away with you

Progression and fun guaranteed. Come and sample one of the best snowparks in Europe and learn new skills and tricks.

The team of park shapers in Zermatt / Cervinia are fully committed to producing an amazing set up each summer. They produce a park which is rich in features for all levels of rider.

 

For more details get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. Check out our you social media platforms VIVID


BURTON SNOWBOARDS TEST DAY

BURTON SNOWBOARDS TEST DAY

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Burton Snowboards test day with Vivid Snowboarding. A weekend long board test in Verbier. The boards and bindings were free to try and test and the shop were giving a 20% discount on any purchases on boards.

https://vividsnowboarding.com/friends/

Check out our edit of the weekend.

A whole range of boards were available to test at the Burton Snowboards test day. Some more freeride shapes were on offer in the form of the Landlord, flight attendant and branch manager. These were all strong performers when hitting up some playful off-piste terrain. The general feel from the team was that the Flight Attendant was the most versatile out of the freeride test boards. We also tested out a few of the different freestyle shapes. The new Custom freestyle through to the process and process of axis were all quality boards. The general vibe was the process with the cartel binding seemed liked the overall freestyle winner.  [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

The twin Custom was also a firm favourite ridden by the team. This was an awesome twin tip shape and handled kickers like a total dream. It was a real pleasure to ride through the park on the twin.

The regular Burton Custom was also a  clear favourite. This was tested in both the camber version and the Flying V shape. We felt the camber board gave a lot more performance through the turn.

You can check out all the Burton Snowboards range here SNOWBOARDS

All the Vivid Snowboarding team ride Burton Snowboards, Boots and bindings. Check out who is using what set up here TEAM SET UP