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


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


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


SUMMER CAMPS 2019

Summer Camps 2019, Vivid Snowboarding will be in Cervinia, Italy for the last two weeks of July. Our summer camps will take place on the Zermatt/Cervinia glacier and our open to all levels. The glacier itself is the largest rideable glacier in Europe. It places host to the Gravity Snowpark which has features for everyone.

On snow coaching runs from Monday through until Friday and afternoons can be spent chilling out in the beautiful village of Cervinia. If your wanting a little more action then there are plenty of activities to keep busy. These range from Mountain biking to hiking and trail running.

Most days start with an amazing breakfast in the hotel followed by cable car and gondola lift rides up to the glacier. The group will snowboard from 8.00am through to 2pm when the glacier closes. The glacier has an amazing amount of terrain for a summer resort. Their are drag lifts which will transport riders around the glacier and quick park laps are on!

Camps will be taking place on the following dates

22nd July 2019 - 26th July 2019

29th July 2019 - 2nd August 2019

We will be staying in the four star Hotel Europa which offers an incredible level of comfort and relaxation.

Check out our camps page SUMMER CAMPS

Please get in touch for more details for summer camps 2019 Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Phone Rob on 0041 792838735

or email vividsnowboarding@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you for Summer camps 2019 Vivid Snowboarding Verbier.

For up to date weather in Cervinia check Snow-forecast here Forecast Cervinia

 


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