10 Freeride pack essentials

10 Freeride Pack Essential's

10 Freeride Pack Essential's

Here are the 10 Freeride pack essential's that you need for a day out in the mountains:

  • Avalanche Transceiver - Know how to use it, make sure it's got strong battery supply for your day. Come take an intro to freeriding session and get comfortable and confident with using your transceiver SESSION
  • Snow Shovel - Strong, durable and lightweight. Try and avoid plastic shovels, you are going to want it tough enough to cut through hard snow and debris.
  • Probe - Essential and super important in an avalanche situation when someone is buried. With a probe the average rescue time is 11minutes without its 25minutes. Those extra 15 minutes could be critical for the buried person
  • Water - Always stay hydrated in the mountain. Dehydration leads to 10% loss in skill level / concentration.
  • Snacks - Bring nuts, energy bars and anything to keep yourself going.
  • Spare Clothing - Always bring another layer in your bag. Something warm incase the day turns nasty. Worth taking spare inners and a buff.
  • Change of eyewear - Nice to bring a pair of sunglasses to wear for any hiking. A change of lens is well worth packing incase the light changes or you are having problems with one lens. Remember pink, orange and yellow are great for flat light. Look at Spektrum for all your eyewear needs SPEKTRUM
  • Tool kit/Duck tape - A mini screw driver for those moments when the bindings are loose. The duck tape stash that can mend a broken boot or make a set of bindings ridable again is always worth having.
  • First Aid Kit - All basics and mountain Blanket.
  • Phone - Your phone will work throughout the mountains. Have this charged as cold temperatures can effect battery life. Mountain Rescue number in Switzerland is 144

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


Check out Bruson

CHECK OUT BRUSON

Check out Bruson

Bruson is an awesome Freeride mountain situated a couple of lifts away from Verbier. If you head down from Medran to Le Chable and then up the other side you've found it. Home to only a handful of lifts it would seem to lack much infastructure. However Bruson will pack a punch on an over cast winters day when the light is flat and snow is good.

A little nearer to Chamonix and its giants mountains it can pull in some amazing snowfall mid winter.  The link to Verbier was updated about 5 years back making access super easy.  Trees are plentiful and so are natural gullies, rock drop, chutes and bowls. The side piste is amazing and once you learn the routes this place becomes a real play ground.

You can check out daily weather conditions for BRUSON

Authentic mountain restaurants serving local grub and hot drinks will keep you fuelled for freeride laps through the forests. Tree riding zones with names such as the ' Hollywood trees ' await you. This place is perfectly balanced with that old small mountain charm feeling set alongside some seriously ridable terrain.

Bruson is a real favourite with all the Vivid Snowboarding team.

 

 


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.

 


WHICH INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION IS BEST?

WHICH INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATION IS BEST?

Thinking about becoming a snowboard instructor? Wondering what course to book onto.

Here is a quick insight into which qualification pathway is best.  What qualifications are employers looking for?  why traveling to the other side of the world to gain your qualifications might not be everything it's cracked up to be.

The Snowboard instructing industry is littered with various courses and qualifications. These can be done fast tracked with specialised intensive courses or can spread out over longer periods of time.

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

A nine to ten week course may seem like a big financial out lay at the beginning. However most packages include pretty much everything from Hotel to meals, training through to exam costs. If you are fairly new to the winter sports industry, you will find the organised training sessions essential. You will gain the correct technical skills to get through the exams.Your coach will have been through the process and know the product inside out.

Traveling to locations further a field can be an awesome way to ride different mountain ranges and experience different culture.

Be aware of the snowboarding instructing system that you are signing up for. Knowledge is everything.
A Canadian qualification is great if you are wanting to instruct in Canada. Be warned that if you are wanting to continue with furthering your qualification then you will have to return to Canada to sit further exams. This could be both costly and time consuming.

BASI SNOWBOARDING: CHECK OUT THE PATHWAY HERE BASI SNOWBOARDING

The advantages of following a journey through the BASI system are huge.
The product is constantly evolving to keep up to date with the changing markets.
The BASI level one Snowboard qualification is a stand alone course and will enable instructors to teach in an indoor environment .
The BASI level two qualification will allow an instructor to teach all over the mountain.  If you are looking for a career in the snowboard industry then completing your BASI level 3 and 4 is essential.
The majority of BASI courses are run through out the year within Europe.The initial level one qualification can be done in a snow dome in the UK. A lot of the exams take place in November in Zermatt, Switzerland. Hintertux in Austria is the spring venue for exams.

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer the very best instructor training program on the market. Check out https://vividsnowboarding.com/instructor-training/

Please get in touch if you would like anymore information on any of our instructor training courses or camps.

 


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.


BASI SNOWBOARD EXAM

The BASI Snowboard Qualification.

The BASI Snowboard Qualification is one of the most respected in the industry. The qualification pathway or system has 4 levels.

The BASI Snowboard Qualification:

Level one:

  • Snowboard level 1 course which is five days on snow
  • Child protection module
  • 35 hours Snowsport school experience
  • First-Aid course

Level two:

  • Snowboard level 2 course which is 10 days on snow
  • 35 hours Snowsport School experience

Level 3:

  • Snowboard level 3 teaching course which is five days
  • Snowboard level 3 technical course which is five days
  • Second discipline level 1 course which is five days
  • Level 3 mountain safety course which is a total of six days on the mountain
  • Second language test
  • BASI Coaching course which is five days.
  • Written project on a chosen subject area.
  • Interview with BASI

At level 3 and level 2 there is also the option to take part in optional technical training that can understand the technical requirements and improve overall skills.

Level 4:

  • Level 4 EMS Training course ( 4 days )
  • 6 logged days touring
  • level 4 EMS Assessment course ( 3 days )
  • BASI coaching course ( 5 days )
  • FIS competition

The training for each level can be done with us here at Vivid Snowboarding BASI

All our coaches have their level 4 qualification and we have a current BASI trainer who delivers the exams. All have a huge knowledge of the product which enables us to teach and coach the ins and outs of what is required at each level. Having worked closely with BASI Snowboarding for the last 16 years around the world we've managed to network and produce great contacts for employment for some of our clients.

Check out our Autumn instructor training camp home in Saas Fee

For more information on BASI Snowboarding please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

 


Riding the mountains on bad weather days.

Five tips for riding the mountains on bad weather days:

Five tips for riding the mountains on bad weather days:

1.Their are dangers attached with being a fair weather rider. Flat light days can be some of the most rewarding days on the mountain and can be hugely beneficial for your overall technical game. As your main sense of vision is reduced your other senses will play more of a key role. You will ride more through touch and feel. This is great for overall board control and to up your skill level.

2.Correct eyewear is essential on flat light days. Here at Vivid Snowboarding we use Spektrum goggles which produce the very best goggles in the world. Check out their range SPEKTRUM GOGGLES . We would suggest a yellow, orange or pink lens which will help enhance your visibility.

3.Terrain choice is vital. Don't head for the highest peaks in the resort. Stay low and in the forests. The trees will help with definition of the mountain on a flat light day.

4.Local knowledge is everything so it is worth taking an instructor, guide or coach to take you to the best spots on the mountain. If you are looking to specifically work on an area of your own performance. It might be worth a few hours with an instructor slowing you're riding down and learning a new skill. Check out our lesson optionsVivid Snowboard Sessions

5.Always keep one eye on the weather forecast. A day that might start with howling winds and snow might well clear up and be fine for the last few hours of the day. Sometimes the weather can clear during the afternoon leaving empty slopes and amazing snow conditions. Too many people are guilty of staying in the resort when the weather is bad. Get yourself on the mountain and enjoy being out in the elements.


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