Snowboard instructor training courses

Snowboard Instructor Training Courses.

Snowboard Instructor training courses.

Vivid Snowboarding is the leading provider in snowboard instructor training courses. We offer the very best snowboard courses on the market. Take a look at our course locations:

  • Verbier, Switzerland.
  • Saas Fee, Switzerland.
  • Myoko, Japan.

Check out all the locations here VIVID

For a true alpine winter snowboard experience you should join our 10 week course in Verbier, Switzerland. We have course options with food and accommodation. We also offer the course with training and exams only. Verbier is one of the very best resorts in the world and where Vivid Snowboarding was born and locates itself during the winter. Verbier is famous for its world class off-piste terrain, endless pistes and awesome snowpark. The resort is snow sure from November through to May. Verbier also has some of the best apres riding bars in the Alps which are fun for everyone.

Check out snow conditions in Verbier here VIVID

Saas Fee, Switzerland is where we deliver our Autumn and Summer instructor training courses. Our courses run for 9 weeks and all accommodation and food is provided in the Park Hotel. Saas Fee is an awesome car free resort high up the Valais mountains.

Myoko, Japan is where we deliver our Asian course. Myoko in the Niigata region of Japan starts mid winter. A mixture of Japanese powder and amazing snowparks makes Myoko the premier resort to go through your BASI Level one and two qualifications.

All these locations have been hand picked for the quality of the terrain and slopes. If you would like more information on any of our courses please get in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding

We look forward to hearing from you



Choose quality gear


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.


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


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.


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

Check out Saas Fee


Check out Saas Fee situated in the South West corner of the Valais region. The village sits at a height of 1800m. The mountains that surround the resort are some of the largest in Europe. Described as ' The pearl of the Alps' there are 13 peaks over 4000m in height.

Saas Fee is home to a large ridable glacier with snow cover all year round. The resort will shut for a few weeks during the spring and early Summer. By mid July they are open for business. The glacier offers a great selection of slopes as well as an awesome snow park for all levels of rider. The park attracts the worlds best riders during the Autumn months as they are getting prepared for the up and coming contest season.

The glacier is accessed by gondola lifts and an underground railway that cuts through the mountains up to the slopes. The slopes are broken up into two clear sections with a upper and lower section. When snow conditions allow later in the autumn the lifts and slopes around the mid station open up.

The village is a typical Swiss chocolate box resort. Hand crafted chalets and hotels sit alongside cow sheds and farmers barns. A little like Zermatt, Saas Fee keeps its streets car free which adds to the pure charm of the resort. There is a great selection of shops, restaurants and bars. The infamous Popcorn bar POPCORN BAR SAAS FEE usually fires up most weekends if you are wanting a lively party spot.

If you are looking to become a snowboard instructor or just raise your overall riding skills then you should check out our instructor training course Instructor training.

We are offering private coaching through out the Autumn in Saas Fee. Get in touch for more details.




Summer 2014 - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Verbier is in the grip of a mixed summer with a fair bit of snow falling up top at the beginning of July. News is out that the four Valley's will be no more as of next winter. This means that the Verbier lift pass will allow you to get as far as Siviez. Not great news if you fancy doing the four valley challenge but still plenty of terrain to ride with in the new boundaries. The team have all grabbed some holiday time and are looking forward to winter number four for Vivid Snowboarding. The last three winters has seen Vivid grow into the best Snowboard School in Verbier and the number one choice for snowboarders coming into resort. Our winter will kick off in Saas Fee with our Vivid Snowboard Camp from 3rd- 7th November 2014 and will be focusing on technical riding , fitness for the up and coming winter and getting prepared for Snowboard specific exams.The idea is that you will hit the ground running when the lifts open in resort and you will refresh your own performance and give yourself some new ideas to think about for the winter. Please get in contact if you want more details: or 0041 792838735. Keep on the look out for Alpine Movement which is going to go live shortly. Its a specialist natural movement fitness boot camp which is new in Verbier. Its the perfect way to get the body conditioned for the coming winter. Clients are already booking up lessons for next winter so to avoid disappointment book your lessons early. We look forward to seeing you all again next winter VIVID SNOWBOARDING , A NEW BREED OF SNOWBOARD SCHOOL Team rider Richy enjoying some Verbier powder



Trick Tip : Flatland tricks, jibbing and buttering has been around from the very beginning of our sport. Everyone has a little trick that they do on the home run or warm up for the day.

Check out some of the team enjoying flatland tricks here VIVID

The fundamentals of jibbing are built around the ability to Ollie, nollie , press and rotate your board. It’s all about manipulating your equipment and getting to know and understand how you work your body with your board. The more practice you put into these tricks the more it will help with timing, movements, agility and skill in all your riding. It enables you to get to know how your board and how it behaves and is of course a lot of fun!

A good starting place or one of the first building blocks in a flat land progression, would be to learn and become comfortable and confident with both the nose press and the tail press. The correct movement pattern can be learnt on the flat and then taken to a mellow slope and just add in a little speed.


PHASE 1 – Create pressure by shifting your weight to the nose of the board. Think about squashing your front leg with some flex in the ankle and knee , try to move your hip over the nose of the board and tense those muscles in the front leg . Here we are trying to find that pivot point where the nose has snow contact, the tail of the board is lifted into the air. It will help to straighten the back leg slightly.

PHASE2 – The choice of terrain is very important. Look for a gentle slope with a consistent gradient you don’t want to be picking up too much speed too quickly. By adding momentum , this can often help with being able to balance over a specific part of the board. Use the same process as in phase 1,  keep the front leg squashed and flexed at the ankle and knee and the hip over the nose of the board. The arms and upper body are used to help balance. Try and keep plenty of base contact and avoid slipping the board onto the edge.

PHASE 3 – Time to have a play with pressing the nose and tail, the beauty of these skills are that they are not hard to learn but it will take a little longer to master so practise is key to success. Think about trying to make movement patterns as fluid and smooth as possible . Simple exercises that you could add into these skills would be an Ollie to nose press or a Nollie to tail press.

The next phase would be to play around with more flatland variations. Both the nose and tail press are great tricks to take onto park boxes and rails as well as street features.

Come join a freestyle session FREESTYLE


rainbow rail action in the Verbier park


Here at Vivid Snowboarding we are constantly looking to progress both our clients freestyle riding as well as our own and therefore we spend plenty of time lapping the Verbier, Snowpark.( Below is the New Hip that has been built at the bottom of the park)Image

The Verbier Snowpark crew have been busy building some new features. There is now a blue line of boxes and rails , a red line of boxes and rails. A few fun rollers , blue and red kickers. They have also created a spin jump at the bottom of the park. With more snow forecast the park is only going to get better. For all your freestyle coaching needs get in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding

Come take a freestyle session in the snowpark with one of our team TEAM

All the crew have been riding the park here in Verbier for a while. We all know the lines to take and that all important speed to hit each feature. Why not join one of us

Conditions are looking great over the next few days with more snow is rolling in. The more snow that accumulates in the park the better the features will be.

The Verbier snowpark has a passionate team of park shapers. The team are dedicated to making the Verbier park one of the Best in Europe.

Each winter the crew create something different for all levels of rider. come and experience the Verbier park for yourself.




Beginning of January 2013

Beginning of January 2013 - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

The beginning of January 2013 has been a busy week in Verbier. All the Vivid snowboarding team have been on the mountain both instructing and getting some footage together. Check out our facebook page or you tube account for a little edit we put together from Monday

The mountain is in amazing condition just now. There is plenty of great powder snow to be found all over the mountain. Why not take one of our backcountry coaches to not only show you the best places to ride, but to also so you the best technique for riding it.

We have specific freeride camps going out towards the end of the month and we also offer weekend clinics. Our clinic product can be set up if you get a group together and want two days riding some of the vert best terrain in the world.

Keep looking for up dated footage and photos through out the winter.


If you want to learn or add  new skills  to existing ones then please get in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. Check out all lesson options here VIVID



Verbier snowboarding school


WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding will be offering coaching on the mountain for seasonaires and locals alike through out the winter on Wednesday afternoons. Keep an eye on our facebook page for details on meeting points and type of session. Check out facebook facebook

We could be offering anything from a freestyle session in the park to more technical riding on the piste. Vivid Snowboarding is the only independant Snowboard School in Verbier and we offer the highest quality instruction and coaching on the mountain. Our snowboarding products and services are second to none. You can check out all our lesson options here VIVID

If we have the demand we will be running more than one group. It might be an intermediate piste group looking at how to stand and steer the board. You might also be looking at how to tilt and pressure the snowboard so your beginning to set the platform and carve the snowboard. All sessions will. be super fun and progressive. We will also be running beginner groups through out the winter. If you are new to the sport of snowboarding and are wanting to try for the first time then come join us.

Please get in contact for more details on all our products




April showers in Verbier

Verbier is still getting plenty of snow as we move towards the end of the season. April showers in Verbier has bought cloudy days. This week has seen some great conditions all over the mountain and Tuesday saw the vivid snowboarding team out shooting photos in the backcountry. The team hiked into Rock Garden where conditions were superb. After Rock Garden the team headed to the South side of Mont Fort. A few tracks had been run in but for April the off-piste snowboarding was amazing! After Mont Fort we traversed and hiked into Stair way to Heaven. Here the conditions were the best of the day. The north facing aspect of the area meant the snow stayed amazingly fresh. The conditions were all time! We managed to hike a few different lines in the area. After Stair way we felt the weather had warmed too much.

If you are looking to venture off-piste then please get in touch for all options VIVID

Epic conditions were found up on stairway and the photos will be up on the site shortly. keep up to date with weather conditions here WEATHER

Looking at our blogs for information on coming camps and products for next winter. Vivid Snowboarding is a new breed of Snowboard school. We pride ourselves on being the number one school in Verbier.


The Lac De Vaux area of Verbier is open and has been fairly busy over the weekend. Vivid Snowboarding have been representing on the mountain and have been focusing on getting those riding legs back as well as some specific training for the up and coming winter. The team seem to be super fit and excited to be part of a new breed of snowboard school in Verbier.
Bookings are beginning to roll in for the festive holiday time so get in touch if your after a session, Check out our product page for details and prices.
Snow is forecasted for the end of the week and the mountain staff are beginning to get other parts of the mountain prepped up and ready for winter.