Verbier Spot Check: Savoleyres

Verbier Spot Check: Savoleyres.

Verbier Spot Check: Savoleyres

Situated on the opposite side of the valley to the Verbier mountain, Savoleyres has some awesome terrain. Not offering the same steepness as the Verbier mountain but packs a solid punch with user friendly off-piste. A good option on bad weather days. Savoleyres has an abundance of trees and features which really help to maintain the ability to see when the weather is bad.

Check your forecast here VIVID

The slopes meander down both sides of the Savoleyres mountain. On the north facing side the slopes drop down to La Tzoumaz. On the south facing side there are piste and tracks that lead back to Verbier, you can find off-piste routes down to the gondola station or to Marlenaz which is an awesome Swiss style restaurant. Access from the Verbier side is from the lift station next to Chalet Adrian. If you jump on any bus in resort then this will go past the lift station. The gondola itself is in need of a revamp which is due to happen soon. The lift does however hold a certain charm as you feel like you are taken back in time to shredding in the mid 80's

Savoleyres holds some awesome views. The mountains of Verbier always look incredibly steep and gnarly and the valley floor is a real mix rivers, fields, woods and towns which spread out along the Rhone Valley. The beautiful mountain of Pierre Avoi looms over the area and is an incredible sight.

The Mountain has a few places to eat which range from a converted cow shed to a swanky members only restaurant and everything in between.

When riding back to the Verbier side of the mountain be aware of the avalanche danger from the mountains above. If closed please don't ride the track.

If you are looking to explore all the delights on offer in Savoleyres then why not take a guide VIVID

 


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.

Verbier Snowpark

VERBIER SNOWPARK

The Verbier Snowpark

The Verbier snow park is based in the La chaux area of the mountain. The park is accessed by the La Chaux Express lift which runs up to a height of 2480m. This modern lift combines gondolas and chairlifts and allows for super fast park laps. The snowpark has great snow cover from December through until April. The area is south facing and therefore the sun softens the landings while the take offs to features stay hard and fresh.

The Snow park has a team of dedicated park shapers who manage and maintain the features in the park daily. You can expect a large range of features for all levels. Green and blue features for the riders who are just stepping into the park through to red and black features. The more advanced your riding skills the more comfortable and confident you will be with riding the more advanced features. The Verbier Snowpark have a dedicated page on facebook. You can keep up to date by following the link PARK

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer freestyle camps and clinics that take place in the park. You can check out our camp options here CAMPS

Our camps and clinics are an amazing way of increasing your freestyle skills and getting a whole new bag tricks under your belt. If you would like some more advice on any of our freestyle products, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Keep an eye out this winter for freestyle coaching sessions at weekends and during the holidays for all ages. Everyone is welcome !!

Vivid Snowboarding - The specialists snowboard school based in Verbier

 


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


The Burton Step on doing good in the powder

The Burton Step On

The Burton Step On

Burton are the biggest and best snowboarding company in the industry. Burton are continuously developing their product and one of their newest and boldest is the reintroduction of the step in system. This made a brief appearance in the 90's and then disappeared. However Burton have rebranded and launched again as the Step on system. Not for every style of rider but definitely worth trying and giving them a test run. You might just fall in love with them!

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we have been testing and riding this product. They are strong, lightweight and durable. The boots connect to the binding with two connection points on the front of the boots and one at the back on the heel. Once you've managed the connection a couple of times this becomes second nature. To release your boot from the binding there is a simple leaver to pull up.

Burton have created a simple and effective connection between board and bindings. They want the constant hassle of strapping in and out of the bindings taken away. Their new system is in its infancy but it works and feels good! Other brands have now also followed Burton into the strapless world. K2 have relaunched their clicker system which is again a blast from the past. The 90's are coming back!

Burton have grown their step on range for the coming season. The boots will vary slightly in relation to support, durability and weight. It will always be worth trying out a few different styles so that you get the most comfortable boot for yourself. Remember your boots are the number one most important piece of kit, then you're binding and then you're snowboard.

For Winter 2020 - 2021 Burton will be offering the following step on boots:

  • The Ion step on
  • The Ruler step on
  • The Swath step on
  • The Photon step on

You can check out the full range for winter 2020 - 2021 here SHOP

If you are looking for further advice on the Step On system then please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding.

 


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

 

 


BURTON SNOWBOARDS

THE BEST BURTON SNOWBOARDS

Vivid Snowboarding is starting its tenth winter working with Burton Snowboards.

Check out what the team are riding here EQUIPMENT CHOICE

Here are the best Burton Snowboards recommended by the team:

  • Burton Custom : This versatile all mountain freestyle  / freeride stick comes in a variety of different sizes. Suitable for someone who is out all day long looking for a board that can tackle any snow type and terrain on the hill.
  • Burton Paramount : A top Freestyle board which comes in a little easier on the pocket. Twin tip park and rail machine. Its slightly softer flex pattern makes this buttery, playful and super fun to jib around the mountain.
  • Burton Free Thinker: The stiffer flex pattern on this little beauty makes it a true delight to ride on kickers. A traditional camber set up allows this board too grip and perform all over the mountain. For the more advanced rider
  • Burton Flight Attendant : Pure directional freeride design. This is a chargers dream. If your riding style is fast and direct you've found your dream machine.  Not a playful board but will carve lines all over the mountain.
  • Burton Feel Good: The very best women's snowboard on the market. This comes in a variety of different sizes. The board comes in a camber version or the Burton Flying V shape depending on your riding style.
  • Burton Rewind: This twin tip women's board will have you're riding progressing. The board has a soft and buttery feel under foot but rides and charges the hill like a stiffer board. It's awesome!

You can check out the full range of boards from Burton snowboards here BURTON SHOP

If you are wanting more advice please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 


Verbier in Winter

CHECK OUT VERBIER

Check out Verbier.

The town lies at 1500m above sea level and the highest peak is the Mont Fort that is 3330m.

The high altitude nature of the mountains around Verbier means it's a snow sure location for riding from November through until May.

The town has a large number of quality restaurants and bars and here at Vivid Snowboarding we can advise to check out the following:

  • Farinet Hotel
  • Pub Mont Fort
  • W Hotel
  • No.14
  • The Lodge
  • Ski Verbier Exclusive

A combination of some of the very best snowboarding terrain in the world mixed together with superb mountain restaurants and world class chalets and hotels makes Verbier one of the very best winter sports venues in the world.

Verbier is a south facing resort. Check out snow forecast for regular weather updates and snow conditions VERBIER

Vivid Snowboarding is the specialist snowboard school in Verbier. We established Vivid Snowboarding back in 2011 to fill the demand for a stand alone independent snowboard school. Vivid offers the highest quality teaching, coaching and guiding in Europe and is second to no one.

The quality of Vivid Snowboarding is due to its highly professional, skilful and qualified instructors. All the Vivid Snowboarding team have years of industry experience.

Check out our team page VIVID

Come join us this winter for a snowboard experience of a life time.


Freeriding above Verbier

Camps and Clinics for Winter 2020

Camps and Clinics for Winter 2020.It's been an amazing start to the year here in Verbier, Switzerland. We had some awesome snowfalls through out December which has lead to great snow cover all over the mountain. One of the very best ways to ride the superb terrain around Verbier while improving your riding is on one of our camps or clinics.

We have a great selection of freeride camps and clinics running through out the winter.

Here are the five day camp freeride dates:

20th  - 24th January

3rd - 7th February

2nd March - 6th March.

Each Camp will last 5 days and the cost is 790CHF per person

 

This winter we will also be running performance clinics at weekends. The style of the clinic will vary depending on snow conditions but expect powder turns if its on and park laps if its not snowed for a while.

Our first clinic will be running the weekend 25th - 26th January

 

Our freestyle camps will be running a little later in the winter

Half term session - 17th - 21st February

Spring session - 6th - 10th April

Each camp will last 5 days and the cost is 790CHF per person.

 

Check out the full run down of camps on our website page:

VERBIER CAMPS LINK

Keep your eyes peeled on all our social media channels as we have our new Vivid Snowboarding girls camps and clinics dropping shortly. These will be an awesome addition to our already extensive range.

If you are looking for accommodation options then have a look at our special page Accommodation Options