snowboarding lessons worth it

Snowboarding lessons worth it?

Are snowboarding lessons worth it? This blog will lay out the advantages of taking a snowboard instructor, coach or guide.

Here are the biggest advantages:

  • Its not all about technique but its important - A good instructor will have you standing with proper alignment on your snowboard. This will in turn allow for correct steering. Bad habits will be avoided and progression will be maximised.  At a beginner level you will learn the correct foundation to then grow as a rider. As a more advanced rider you will be challenged and progression will be faster. Check out all our lesson and session options here LESSONS
  • Safety - A local professional will always know the mountain. You will be guided to where conditions are the best and safest on any given day. They will often choose the best lifts with least amount of people. Instructors will also be able to provide that insider knowledge of the mountain. It's finding those secret spots and hidden gems which is important.
  • Conditions - finding the best snow and conditions and being able to match the ability of the rider with the correct terrain type. Your instructor will be up to date with weather conditions and avalanche risk. keep an eye on the weather via the following site WEATHER
  • Secret spots - Your instructor will be able to find those hidden gems on the mountain. When it snows 10cm - 15cm and your instructor knows just the spot to get awesome face shots and not touch anything underneath.
  • Equipment - Hire shops can often over look the proper set up of the board, boots and bindings. A good instructor will set your equipment up so it it tailor made for each individual. Everyones weight and shape is different. This has to be reflected in how the equipment is set up.

cervinia summer session

Summer Session 2021

Summer session 2021

Summer session 2021 managed to go ahead in early August. Travel restrictions meant a fair few people were unable to attend due to impossible quarantine times etc

The early summer period had seen a few closed days due to adverse weather conditions. However, the week we had was fine. Both the park and slopes were in great conditions for the duration of the session. Warm summer temperatures had conditions just perfect in the snow park by about 10am each morning.

You can Check out the daily conditions on the glacier here : WEATHER

The progression from everyone involved was immense. 50/50 tricks turned into frontside board slides and switch ups. 180's got turned up to 360's. The mountain would close between 1pm and 2pm each day when we would head for some late lunch and light refreshment at mid station.

By late afternoon everyone was ready for a snooze and recharge before a tasty pizza in Cervinia in the Evening. Cervinia has some of the finest Pizza restaurants around so there was plenty of choice establishments to get a fine slice from.

If you are interested in joining us for our summer session in 2022 then please don't hesitate to touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Check out our summer session page here : CERVINIA

 

 


Le Chable by winter

Spot Check: LE CHABLE

Spot Check: LE CHABLE

Le Chable is fast becoming the centre piece of the Val des Bagnes. Verbier sits on one side and the mountains of Bruson the other. The town of Le Chable has under gone changes in the last few years and more plans are a foot to develop the village more. The modernisation of the Le Chable train and lift station has lead to faster access to both Verbier and Bruson.

Travel links into Val des Bagnes have centred around the development of the new train station. This allows more weekend traffic to flow into the mountains to enjoy some of the very best snowboarding terrain in the world. If you are after weekend sessions on the mountain then check out your options here https://vividsnowboarding.com/verbier-snowboard-school-products/

The Le Chable to Verbier lift is due to stay open year round from November 2021 from early in the morning until late at night. This means that accommodation options in Le Chable become attractive to everyone. The lift time to Medran in Verbier is only ten minutes so from the valley floor to Ruinettes you are looking at about 20 minutes.

During mid winter when the snow lies on the valley floor there are off-piste routes that meander down from the Verbier side. ( only go with a guide or someone with local knowledge as many routes are littered with hazards). On the Bruson side of the mountain there is an itinerary run that flows back into Le Chable.

Le Chable has a great selection of Hotels, restaurants and bars. One of our top choice accommodation options to stay at would be Una lodge. Please check it out here UNA

For any more information on Le Chable please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding.

 


3 reasons to join our instructor training course

3 Reasons to join our instructor Course

3 Reasons to join our instructor Course:

  1. Vivid Snowboarding has a world class team of snowboard trainers. All the team are highly qualified and skilled in coaching up and coming instructors. Everyone has been through the system and has a huge wealth of experience coaching in the industry. Come and learn from coaches who know the mountain, know the resort and know how to get results in exams while having the most fun out on the hill.  Check out your coaching team here TEAM
  2. Verbier, Switzerland is our home resort. Vivid Snowboarding has been established in Verbier since 2011 and offers the finest tuition, coaching and guiding out there. The mountains around Verbier and its surrounding resorts are some of the very best in the world. A snow sure record combined with awesome off-piste terrain and a rad snow park make the mountain a dream to ride on. The town is a  mix of great bars and restaurants with something for everyone. The resort company is constantly making improvements to the infrastructure, new lifts are going in this summer with the further development of the Bruson area in 2022. DEVELOPMENT
  3. Become rad at snowboarding. The focus with our instructor training course is to not only get you qualified with both the BASI Level one and two qualification,  we are also going to get you riding at an awesome level ready to tackle any terrain on the hill. We look at developing a creative, skilful and playful riding technique in all areas with every rider on our course. We want riders to be confident while carving with speed on groomed slopes and also have the ability to ride off-piste choosing the best lines. Verbier has an awesome park where we will master the ability to hit features with style and confidence.

Snowboard Instructor Program

Snowboard Instructor Program.

Vivid Snowboarding will again be offering the very best snowboard instructor program starting 29/11/2021 and running through to 04/02/2022. The 10 weeks course will have you qualified with both the BASI level one and two qualifications. The course itself does also have the option to add the BASI performance coach course module onto the schedule.

Check out our course page here VIVID

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer various options within the snowboard instructor program.  The full package will include accommodation and food. We have also added an option where the individual can pay for just the training and exams and the rest is up to you. We have plenty of accommodation contacts within in the area.

The snowboard instructor program has plenty of highlights. The Heli adventure at the end of the program is always a favourite as well as finishing the level 2 exam and gaining the qualification. We coach you to teach and ride with style in some of the very best mountains in the world. The high altitude nature of the mountains around Verbier means that snow is guaranteed from the late Autumn through until late spring. Verbier really is one of the very best snowboarding resorts in the world. The quality of the mountains combined with an awesome night life makes it an amazing location to become a snowboard instructor.

Have a look at the verbier website here Verbier

For more information on any of our courses, camps or sessions. Please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. We look forward to hearing from you soon


Summer Snowboarding in the Alps

Summer snowboarding in the Alps.

Snowboarding is not just a winter sport or pastime. Riding takes place all year round all over the globe. Whether this is in South America or snow domes in Europe,China or Dubai. Some one will always be riding somewhere.

The European Alps is home to the most ridable all year round snowboarding resorts on the planet. During the summer months there are numerous riding locations. Here are handful of the best spots:

  • Cervinia, Italy ( our summer home ) - CERVINIA
  • Saas Fee, Switzerland.
  • Hintertux, Austria.
  • Les 2 Alpes, France
  • Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Tignes, France.

These resorts will usually have a snow park set up running from mid to late June over the summer months and into the Autumn. Its worth checking with the lift company to see operating times. Lifts will usually open a little earlier in the morning and close after lunch time.

The overall amount of terrain on the glaciers is not as extensive as your regular winter resort. If the winter has been a big snow fall year then usually the glaciers are nicely topped up for the summer season and into the autumn.

Summer snowboarding in the Alps is awesome for your overall riding skills. Plenty of laps both on the piste and in the snow park lets the riding improve naturally.  Vivid Snowboarding has its annual summer session running in Cervinia between the 9th- 13th August. You can check out the camp details here on our site SUMMER.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for anymore details on our summer session or any of the locations mentioned above.

 


Splitboarding in Verbier

Splitboarding in Verbier

Splitboarding in Verbier

Splitboarding in Verbier is the perfect way to avoid the crowds. It could also be one of the safest ways to enjoy the mountains during Covid times. No more lift lines or busy slopes. Splitboarding offers a true backcountry adventure. Backcountry Splitboarding has become an extremely popular genre of snowboarding. It essentially allows the participant to access everything the backcountry has to offer. Splitboarding in verbier is truly magnificent with endless touring routes into hidden valleys and some of the very best ridable terrain in the world.

Below is an example list of the basic equipment you will require to get you started on your splitboarding journey:

  • The Burton Family Tree Straight chuter camber split board.
  • A pair of Burton Hitchhiker splitboard bindings.
  •  A pair of Burton x G3 High-traction Splitboard skins.
  • Burton x Black Diamond Compactor poles.
  • Burton Splitboard crampon.
  • The Burton AK sidecountry 20L backpack.

Check out all that Burton Snowboards have to offer here BURTON SHOP

Once your kitted out its time to get out into the mountains. Here in Verbier and the 4 valleys there are endless splitboarding options. We are on hand to guide you into different areas looking for the best snow and terrain. Check out all our freeride and splitboarding options here VIVID

All the Vivid Snowboarding backcountry coaches have been riding these mountains for years.  We will take you to the best locations on the mountain.

 

 


Become a snowboard instructor

Become a Snowboard instructor

Become a Snowboard Instructor

Vivid Snowboarding has created one the very best instructor training courses in the world. The course will have you trained and qualified with your level one qualification and an internationally recognised level two qualification. This qualification will enable you to work across the globe teaching snowboarding. Here are just a few of the countries that you will be able to work in with your level two qualification:

  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Japan
  • China
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Andorra
  • UK

We are also always looking for new instructors to bring into the Vivid Snowboarding team here in Verbier.

Our program has been designed to not only get you through your level one and two qualifications. It will see your snowboarding skills go through the roof. All your coaching team are not only super highly qualified they've spent a lifetime pursuing riding all over the world.

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we have added loads of juicy extras onto our snowboarding courses so you get the very best snowboard experience out there.

Here are a few of the extras that we have added:

  • Freestyle Coaching ( Choice for performance coach exam )
  • Discount codes for Burton Snowboards and Spektrum eyewear
  • ISTA off-piste / Mountain safety course.
  • Freeride coaching ( Verbier and Myoko only )
  • Vivid Snowboarding team mountain BBQ
  • Discount cards for Bars and restaurants.

 

Check out more of our instructor training course details here VIVID

If you have any questions on any of our products then don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding


Burton Ion Boot

BOOT REVIEW : BURTON ION

BOOT REVIEW: BURTON ION

One of the top boots in the Burton range the Burton Ion can do it all. A go to boot for someone who wants unmeasured support and comfort. This boot handle everything on the mountain. From steep and gnarly to park and pipe laps this will have you snug and secure when you need it most.

The boot is classed as being stiff but this allows the boot to mould to your foot. The stiffness gives the boot longevity and a life span that other boots do not offer.

The Burton Ion is a team favourite here at Vivid Snowboarding. Check out what the team ride here VIVID

The boots have an awesome Re bounce cushioning system. The materials within the inner lining acts in a manner that keeps the heat in and allows the feet to stay warm and toasty even on the coldest of days.

The Burton Ion comes in a few different lacing options. It really comes down to personal choice as to which system you want to tackle. You can opt for the speed zone lacing system,  the fast and effective Boa system and for winter 2020- 2021 the Ion boot is now available for the Step on system.

The boot comes in a few different colours to keep the style conscious among us happy. This winter the boot comes in black, white or holographic

For all the boots that Burton offer check out there range online BURTON


Vivid Snowboarding Summer Session

Vivid Snowboarding Summer Session

Vivid Snowboarding Summer Session

Vivid Snowboarding will be hosting its annual summer session in Cervinia, Italy in August 2021. The resort of Cervinia is high up in the Aosta valley in the Italian Alps allowing for summer riding to take place on the Zermatt / Cervinia glacier.  Plenty of terrain for all styles of riding and the snow park is the best in Europe at this time of year.

We usually get onto the lifts for the mountain around 8am and ride through until around 2pm when the mountain closes. Conditions usually soften as the day progresses. Park laps become super progressive for ones riding. The short lift and rapid lap means maximum time riding your board in the park.

Once off the mountain you can enjoy some down time in the afternoon or there are plenty of summer activities and sports to get involved with. Check out a few of the summer activities here:

  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • swimming
  • Trail running
  • Chilling

You can check out more on what's on offer via the tourist office CERVINIA

The hotel we stay in is the Petit Palais. The hotel is two minutes from the main lift and a short walk into town for bars and restaurants. Every night we venture into town for a bite to eat before heading to bed and getting rested for more riding.

Check out our summer camp page here for more details SUMMER

Book your place today, we look forward to hearing from you.