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.

 

 


Snowboard lessons Verbier

SNOWBOARD LESSONS VERBIER

Snowboard lessons Verbier

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer all styles of snowboard lessons. Vivid Snowboarding is the specialist Snowboard School in Verbier. We offer the very highest quality tuition, coaching and guiding to all our clients. Customer service is everything to us and we design every lesson around the client’s needs and desires.

All the Vivid Snowboarding team are highly qualified and are equally passionate about teaching and riding. Vivid has specialist kid’s instructors, freestyle coaches and off-piste guides.

Private snowboard lessons can be broken into 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours and full day. These are the best way to improve your riding and get the most out of your time on the mountain.

We run group lessons with 3 people plus. These will usually go out during the holiday periods at Christmas, February and at Easter. These are a fun way to meet other riders and improve your riding.

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we run freestyle sessions and off-piste coaching and guiding lessons. Vivid also offers splitboarding for people that want to tour and explore a little more of the epic backcountry around Verbier.

Vivid also runs lessons for children wanting to learn how to ride.
If you have any special requirements then please do not hesitate to get in contact. You can check out all our products on our lessons page Snowboard lessons

Keep an eye on snow conditions in resort with Snow forecast Weather Forecast


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.

 

 


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

 

 


Park laps

VERBIER SNOWPARK LAPS

VERBIER SNOWPARK LAPS

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Verbier has an awesome snowpark with features for all levels of snowboarder. The action that is shown in this short clip gives you an idea of the features in the park. Verbier snowpark laps are awesome.

All the Vivid Snowboarding team are passionate freestyle riders and qualified park coaches. This combination will have all riders loving the terrain park and progressing skills at a fast rate. You can check out the team here TEAM

We offer a service with Move u media  MOVEUMEDIA

This service involves a top, independent filmer to come and shoot a session in the park. He then goes away and creates an awesome edit of your riding.

This can be a super fun way of showing of your skills to friends and family. It can also raise your riding game as your wanting to show case the very best of your snowboarding.

Your coach will be on hand to guide you through each feature. There are plenty of boxes and rails to show your skills. These will range from a simple ride on box feature to more advanced C rails, down rails and rainbow rails.

The snowpark has amazing kicker features for you to try your grabs and rotations off. These will range from smaller green and blue kickers to more advanced red and black kickers.

The focus here is to become comfortable with the different size jumps and build your skill set so you hitting features with skill and in a safe way.

Come join and get that edit done today.