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.

Spektrum is fast becoming one of the market leaders in sustainable goggles . Check out their  range here at Spektrum eyewear

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


SAAS FEE RESORT REPORT AND GUIDE

SAAS FEE RESORT REPORT AND GUIDE

Jimbo pre winter in Saas Fee

Perched high in the Valais region of the Swiss alps , Saas Fee has become synonymous with summer riding and great pre season shredding.

The mountain rises to the dizzy heights of 3600m allowing for great conditions throughout the year. The glacier only closes at the end of the winter to allow for preparation for the coming summer. There are 18 peaks surrounding Saas Fee which are above 4000m and the glacier has one of the best Snow parks which offers great riding in the summer months.

I am currently over in Saas Fee running a BASI level 2 exam. Conditions have been similar to last winter with over 220cm already up top and cold temperatures keeping things fresh and exciting.

It is half way through the exam which is assessed on technical riding, teaching ability alongside professionalism and all the attributes needed to be a safe, confident instructor. The major step up from the BASI level one exam is that you will leave being able to teach all levels of rider and your technical riding will be analysed in a variety of different terrain types from off-piste to steeps and freestyle.

Here is the freestyle criteria

-Flatland tricks which will involve ollies and nollies, looking at all the 180 variations and being able to press and butter the board
-Basic kicker riding which will be hitting a blue jump performing a straight air with simple grab
-Sliding a box 50-50

From being a BASI examiner for the last 8 winter I think it’s a great product which in turn produces great instructors. The examination process is geared towards producing instructors for the industry but I do feel it goes a long way in being an intensive snowboarder improver course which will step your riding up a gear. Snowboarding like any other sport is most rewarding when you feel yourself progressing.

If you feel that you are interested in becoming an instructor or would purely like to raise your game on the mountain then please get in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding.

Vivid Snowboarding, A New Breed Of Snowboard School.


SNOW PARK SAFETY

SNOW PARK SAFETY - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Vivid snowboarding

Here are some specific safety points to be aware of when riding park.

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, riding into features to get the measure of the speed that you require and the shape.

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. Ever 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.

 

Vivid Snowboarding , The specialist Snowboard School


VIVID SNOWBOARDING HELI TRIP

Vivid Snowboarding Heli Trip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZJ2NUyqyrk

Heli Trip with Oscar, Craig , Josh and Rob. After picking up the Helicopter at the top of Savoleyres we took a short flight out over Pierre Avoi and out over towards the Chamonix Massif. check out the footage of the day. If you fancy a heli trip please get in contact with us here at Vivid Snowboarding, a new breed of Snowboard School in Verbier.


COLD TEMPERATURES HIT VERBIER

The huge cold snap that has hit Europe has meant freezing conditions on the mountain. The BASI level 2 that has been running in Verbier has seen -20 temperatures on Lac De veux early morning. The cold weather has meant the snow has been staying fresh all over the mountain and team have been out on the hill everyday. Some instructor training work starts tomorrow and if you are keen for some BASI level 1 and 2 coaching please drop us a note here at vivid snowboarding.