The Vivid Snowboarding Blog

The Vivid Snowboarding Blog

The Vivid Snowboarding blog

Welcome to the Vivid snowboarding blog. We aim to keep you up to date with everything Snowboarding in and around Verbier.

Keep a look out for fresh and exciting content on a weekly basis. We will look at everything from technical riding tips, resort reports through to product reviews and conditions on the mountain.

Look out for guest writers and links to our social media content.

We are going to be bring you fitness and riding tips which will transform your day on the mountain. Our product reviews will help guide you through the maze of equipment out there on the market, we will navigate you to what is best for your style and level of riding.

Our blog aims to give you a taste of Vivid Snowboarding. A session with Vivid Snowboarding is more than just a lesson, it is an unforgettable snowboarding experience!

If you have any questions on anything that is covered in our blog. If would like to talk on a one on one basis or have ideas on what content you would like to see then please get in contact with us. Vivid Snowboarding is open 24 hours a day to take bookings or to respond to enquiries. You can check all lesson and camp options here VIVID

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Contact details

Telephone: 0041 792838735

Email: vividsnowboarding@gmail.com


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.

 


Choose quality gear

WHAT TO WEAR ON THE MOUNTAIN

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.

OUTERWEAR:

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

UNDER LAYERS:

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.

GLOVES AND MITTS:

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

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 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

 


MARCH 2014 IN VERBIER

March 2014 in Verbier

Verbier has seen some tropical weather of late with temperatures rising to over 20c. The warm conditions have been perfect for a few park sessions and we delivered our first park edit of the season which you can catch on our facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=637021069700254

March 2014 in Verbier saw the park 9 contest. It was another success but due to all the team coaching and teaching we had no one competing this winter.

The finals of the world freeride tour have been delayed until mid week due to adverse weather conditions.

Good luck to local lads Xavier De La Rue and Sam Smoothy.

Verbier has been gripped by a winter storm that has pushed temperatures down and snow has arrived back in resort after a warm spell.

Anything Snowboard in Verbier please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding , we pride ourselves on the being the number one Snowboard School in Verbier.

Check out all our products here VIVID

We offer everything from group to private lessons, camps to clinics. Vivid Snowboarding also offer instructor training courses where you can come and train and become an instructor with Vivid Snowboarding.

Vivid Snowboarding , a new breed of Snowboard School.


March in Verbier

March 1st 2014

March 1st 2014

Holiday time is upon us here in Verbier. This has bought with it slightly longer lift lines and busier slopes.

March 1st 2014 on the mountain has been great of late with plenty on new snow and all the lifts in the four valleys being open. Bruson has seen some epic conditions and the new lift has really helped make access to the mountain a lot easier than the old bus across the valley floor then up.

Check out conditions in Bruson BRUSON

All the team have been busy  teaching and coaching on the hill. Vivid Kids product has been really popular with lots of youngsters taking their first enjoyable moments on their board. It has been great to see the response from the recent Olympics in Sochi. The GB snowboard team were great to watch and  there were some outstanding performances  in slope style from Jamie Nicholls and the Amazing Jenny Jones who scooped a bronze medal in the ladies event. This has had an amazing effect on the general public in the UK as snowboarding fever has hit home. It is an easy sport to pick up in the UK with loads of dry slopes and indoor centers. Snowboarding is for everyone and it is an amazing day out so get involved and get down to your nearest hill.

If you are looking to join a snowboarding session in Verbier, please check out all our lesson options here VIVID

Vivid Snowboarding will have spring camps going out. The snow park is coming into its own and conditions will only improve as we move into the spring more.

For any style of teaching or coaching in Verbier please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. A new breed of snowboard school

 


basi level 3 training

BASI LEVEL 3 TRAINING

BASI LEVEL 3 TRAINING - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Vivid Snowboard Camps

Vivid Snowboarding is creating on snow BASI level 3 training. It's for instructors wanting to reach that next level in their qualification process. The step up from the level 2 to level 3 is dramatic and constructive on snow training is the key to success. We are in the process of finalising our dates and these will be up shortly. Keep an eye out for the product dropping soon on our site.

The Vivid Snowboarding  team has members that have been through the process. Vivid has an active BASI trainer on the books. With all the industry experience we are one of the leader in instructor training. Come and see for yourselves.

Check out our instructor training options VIVID

Have a look through our instructor training page. We also private training. This can be offered at a reduced rate with your BASI membership.

If you are interested in working for Vivid snowboarding in the future , hold your BASI level 2 qualification this training camp could be for you. When looking for new instructors we generally only take people on that we've ridden with on the hill. Its very important to see new team members ride.

 


VIVID SNOWBOARDING LATEST - Vivid Snowboarding Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding Latest

Verbier late afternoon

Vivid Snowboarding latest news from Verbier.Early November has bought the first significant snowfalls of the winter. The last week has seen snow above and beyond mid station and the snow line is in the village. These early season dumps are great for creating that all important base.

The new uniforms have arrived and are currently being branded ready for the official start weekend which is the first weekend of December. Look out for a slight variation in our gear this winter but it’s still staying fairly close to the vivid snowboarding colours from the last two winters.

All the team are super excited as the winter is fast approaching. The lifts opened over the weekend and will continue to do so over the next  month.

The rumour mill is always a little rife during pre season but there seems to be a fair bit of noise regarding the Verbier Snowpark. If the rumours serve us correctly there looks to be a slightly more beginner friendly park between the old existing park and the slow four man chairlift which will be a great teaching and coaching tool. The large park is set for a facelift with planned investment hopefully having the knock on effect of better features and more shapers which can only be positive for Verbier.

The Vivid Snowboarding team prides its self on personal development in all areas of riding. This helps to keep our snowboard product the very best in Verbier. We believe by being able to ride all different types of terrain it strengthens  our ability to deliver the best instructing and coaching on the mountain. Look out for some Go pro park and backcountry edits this coming winter.

If you are after an introductory session to park riding or you are looking to expand your bag of tricks. Please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding to talk through different options.

VIVID SNOWBOARDING , A NEW BREED OF SNOWBOARD SCHOOL