Verbier Spot Check: Savoleyres

Verbier Spot Check: Savoleyres.

Verbier Spot Check: Savoleyres

Situated on the opposite side of the valley to the Verbier mountain, Savoleyres has some awesome terrain. Not offering the same steepness as the Verbier mountain but packs a solid punch with user friendly off-piste. A good option on bad weather days. Savoleyres has an abundance of trees and features which really help to maintain the ability to see when the weather is bad.

Check your forecast here VIVID

The slopes meander down both sides of the Savoleyres mountain. On the north facing side the slopes drop down to La Tzoumaz. On the south facing side there are piste and tracks that lead back to Verbier, you can find off-piste routes down to the gondola station or to Marlenaz which is an awesome Swiss style restaurant. Access from the Verbier side is from the lift station next to Chalet Adrian. If you jump on any bus in resort then this will go past the lift station. The gondola itself is in need of a revamp which is due to happen soon. The lift does however hold a certain charm as you feel like you are taken back in time to shredding in the mid 80's

Savoleyres holds some awesome views. The mountains of Verbier always look incredibly steep and gnarly and the valley floor is a real mix rivers, fields, woods and towns which spread out along the Rhone Valley. The beautiful mountain of Pierre Avoi looms over the area and is an incredible sight.

The Mountain has a few places to eat which range from a converted cow shed to a swanky members only restaurant and everything in between.

When riding back to the Verbier side of the mountain be aware of the avalanche danger from the mountains above. If closed please don't ride the track.

If you are looking to explore all the delights on offer in Savoleyres then why not take a guide VIVID

 


Glacier 3000

Check out Glacier 3000

Check out Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000 fires up during the Autumn. The mountain opens once there is sufficient snowfall. Two cable cars take you from the car park up to the glacier. The mountain is a vast open expanse of mountain with a rad snowpark sitting bang in the middle.

Check out Glacier 3000 Snowpark which has an assortment of different features for all levels of rider. There is a long line of blue kickers which are awesome and super enjoyable for all riders. There are also a few mellow hips and banks to slash and have fun on. The larger kicker line consists 8m,10m,12m and 14m kickers. The park also has a mix of varying rails and box features which run down one side of the snow park.

Away from the park there is enough terrain to have a good cruise. Don't expect the steepest terrain on the glacier but there is some real fun pistes. The resort does have a few lifts lower down and some awesome Freeride terrain. Its definitely worth getting a guide if you are planning to venture off-piste.

Situated next to the village of Les Diablerets in the Vaud Canton of Switzerland. The glacier is the highest rideable terrain in the Vaud canton. It can receive an incredible amount of snow as its positioned on the first line of the biggest northerly mountains in the Swiss Alps. You can check out the weather conditions here WEATHER

If you are looking for some freestyle coaching during the Autumn then please get in contact for all our options. Glacier 3000 is real treat of a mountain too snowboard on. The park is really well maintained and shaped daily. Keep out an eye out on our social media channels for a Glacier 3000 edit coming soon.


How to become a snowboard instructor

How to become a snowboard instructor.

How to become a snowboard instructor.

Vivid Snowboarding has a selection of instructor training courses. These are in the following locations:

  1. Verbier, Switzerland
  2. Saas Fee, Switzerland
  3. Myoko, Japan

Vivid snowboarding offers the very best snowboard instructor training courses on the market. The programs will last for nine weeks and successful candidates will gain their BASI Level one and two snowboard qualifications. The courses are an amazing way of not only becoming qualified but also a game changer for anyone looking to improve their riding. Much of the course program is based around learning how to teach snowboarding. This is the ability to communicate and explain different skills while having the ability to show the correct movements in a clear and precise demonstration. It is being able to structure lessons with great content while making a session super fun and inclusive.

The trainee snowboard instructor will also learn how to accurately analysis a riders performance. This will be on a given task which will involve understanding the product and being able to give the appropriate feedback.The trainee's riding will be constantly evolving through riding piste, off-piste and snowpark.

The nine week course will transform your riding. Taking the riding back to basics and slowing everything down allows the rider to reshape everything. By understanding your own technical riding you can grow and develop your skills on your snowboard in all areas on the mountain.

Vivid Snowboarding also offers extensive technical training for the BASI snowboarding level 3 and 4. This training can easily be transferred into other national systems.

You can check out all our instructor training courses here VIVID

Please don't hesitate to get in touch for more information on our instructor training courses.


The Burton Deep Thinker

The Burton Deep Thinker

The Burton Deep Thinker comes in the following sizes: 154, 157, 160, 157W, 160W and 163W

The Deep Thinker is a real beast of a snowboard. It is part of the Danny Davis range of snowboards that Burton have produced. Danny is an all mountain assassin. He's as comfortable floating switch Mctwist's and switch methods as he is charging big mountain lines.

The Deep thinker felt super stable at speed on groomed piste making different sized carve turns easily. The board gripped superbly well in the turn when pressed and pressured. The shape of the board makes this a directional shred stick. Almost a little surf like at the nose with a blunter shape on the tail. It's a camber machine which the purest among us will enjoy and appreciate. It feels amazing under the feet.

The board was able to handle all types of snow conditions and terrain. It felt a lot more freeride orientated than its counter part the Free Thinker. Better in soft snow than the Free Thinker due to its directional shape. Didn't have enough powder to really throw it about but it was a good stick.

Definitely not for the beginner looking for their first set up. For intermediate and advanced shredders looking for a lovely shaped board that can be adapted to all terrain types across the mountain then this could be the one. If you are looking for something a little softer and easier to ride then maybe check out the Skelton key. ( Review to follow )

Check out the Deep Thinker and the full Burton range here BURTON


snowboard instructor course

Snowboard Instructor Courses

Snowboard Instructor Courses

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer a selection of different instructor training courses. These take places in a few different locations across the globe. The venues are as follows:

  • Saas Fee, Switzerland
  • Myoko, Japan
  • Verbier, Switzerland

You can check out all these locations on our snowboard instructor training courses page VIVID

Saas Fee, Switzerland is home to our Autumn course. This runs from late September to November. It is a great way to get qualified and work as an instructor for the up and coming season. Previously on this course students have gone on to work in resorts in Switzerland, Italy and Austria in Europe as well as Japan and China in Asia. Here at Vivid Snowboarding we work hard with our clients to get them into work. We help design a specific industry C.V, these are super important went looking to gain employment.

Myoko, Japan runs from mid January through to March. Myoko has an amazing snow record as it is close to the South China sea. A superb mixture of freeride terrain next to awesome piste and some of the best snow parks in Japan. All these ingredients make Myoko a great place for your instructor training course.

Verbier, Switzerland is where Vivid Snowboarding was created and is based. Our instructor training course prepares people for their BASI level one exam and two exam. The nine week course starts in January and runs through to the middle of March. In Verbier we also offer individual coaching for any level of instructor looking to gain their next level of qualification. We train and work with all levels from one through to level three and level four.

If you would like any more information on any of our courses, please get in touch.

 

 


four reasons why Verbier is one of the best places to snowboard in Europe

Four reasons why Verbier is one of the best places to snowboard in Europe

 Four reasons why Verbier is one of the best places to snowboard in Europe

 

 

  1. Verbier is part of the 4 valleys. This is the 5th biggest snowboard area in the world. Verbier has over 412Km of marked slopes.The Mont Fort is the highest peak which sits at 3330m above sea level. Verbier has guaranteed snow from December through to April.  The vastness of this giant snowboarding playground links between the resorts of Bruson, Le Chable, Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon. Check out the piste map here MAP
  2. The off-piste riding in Verbier is awesome. It really is some of the best off-piste snowboarding in the world. You have every style of ridable terrain from steeper and more exposed to chutes and couloirs. The mountain has such a variety. Even after riding these mountains for over 15 winters you can find new lines and zones to ride. To get the most out of your time in the Verbier why not take a guided session with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. Check out your options  VIVID
  3. The 4 valleys has a few different terrain parks. The Verbier Snowpark is situated in La Chaux . The park is progressive and has a great selection of features for all levels of rider. Thyon also has a Snowpark with great number of kickers and rails. The park usually has a big kicker in spring.
  4. Vivid Snowboarding is based in Verbier. More than just a snowboard school we offer the very best snowboarding experience in Verbier. We have the very best instructors, coaches and guides and offer everything snowboarding related in resort. So If you are a day one beginner looking to learn to ride or a seasoned off-piste expert then we have what it takes to make your riding time in Verbier both truly memorable and awesome.

off-piste snowboarding in Verbier

Off-piste snowboarding in Verbier

Off-piste snowboarding in Verbier

Verbier has some of the very best off-piste terrain in the world. The area has grown its reputation over the years. Much of the best off-piste terrain is lift accessed. This does mean that the mountain after a good snowfall can get busy.It is always worth getting ahead of the crowds and taking a guide to show you the best zones to ride in. Check out your Vivid Snowboarding guides here VIVID

It's always worth getting onto first lifts to get some fresh tracks. The world freeride tour has its finals in Verbier every spring time on the north facing Bec de Rosses. Through out the winter freeride competitions happen all over the famously steep terrain of Verbier. The area has become a hub for freeriders from all over the world.

Here is a watered down list of the some of the zones to freeride in:

  • Playgrounds
  • Vallon D
  • Bruson Trees
  • Rock Garden
  • South Side

Your Vivid Snowboarding guide will take you to the best snow on any given day

The winter starts for weekends during November and then fires up at the beginning of December. The high altitude nature of the terrain allows the mountain to stay open until the end of April. If you are looking for the most snow sure months then traditionally January, February and March are the best months.

Verbier is a snow sure location. However if you looking for powder turns then keep an eye on conditions. You can keep up to date with snow conditions via snow-forecast VIVID

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer a range of freeride products. From 5 day camps to 2 day clinics we offer something for everyone. We offer introductory freeride sessions for the novice in the backcountry.

Our camps and clinics  VIVID

 


Verbier opens for winter 2020/21

Verbier opens for winter 2020/21

Verbier opens for winter 2020/21 on Friday 30th October. The lifts are now open at weekends throughout November. The mountain will be running full time from the 5th December.  The Lac Des Vaux area is open and ready for snowboarders to enjoy. The mountain staff will be keeping a close eye on snow fall and will be opening up more terrain once more snowfall comes through. If you looking to ride the best conditions then get up there early.

The winter will be taking on a different form due to the Covid-19 situation. The current mandatory mask wearing will be in place on lifts and inside public spaces. It is very much worth being in the know about what is required. We are all having to get used to this ever changing situation. If you have any concerns or would like to talk about the implications to your snowboard trip then please get in touch.

Switzerland has an abundance of early season areas open to ride in. Here is a list:

  • Verbier ( weekends only )
  • Glacier 3000
  • Saas Fee
  • Zermatt
  • Engelberg
  • Diavolezza
  • Davos klosters

It is worth checking out individual mountains for opening times. If you want to look at the weather situation in these resorts then look at our friends over at Snow-forecast for up to date weather conditonsWEATHER

The snow has come early across the Swiss Alps and the snow conditions at Altitude are currently good for this time of year. If you are looking to get some early season riding then please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding. We are available for private and group sessions all across Switzerland and can help arrange trips. Get in contact here VIVID

We look forward to hearing from you

 

 

 


Verbier Snowpark

VERBIER SNOWPARK

The Verbier Snowpark

The Verbier snow park is based in the La chaux area of the mountain. The park is accessed by the La Chaux Express lift which runs up to a height of 2480m. This modern lift combines gondolas and chairlifts and allows for super fast park laps. The snowpark has great snow cover from December through until April. The area is south facing and therefore the sun softens the landings while the take offs to features stay hard and fresh.

The Snow park has a team of dedicated park shapers who manage and maintain the features in the park daily. You can expect a large range of features for all levels. Green and blue features for the riders who are just stepping into the park through to red and black features. The more advanced your riding skills the more comfortable and confident you will be with riding the more advanced features. The Verbier Snowpark have a dedicated page on facebook. You can keep up to date by following the link PARK

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we offer freestyle camps and clinics that take place in the park. You can check out our camp options here CAMPS

Our camps and clinics are an amazing way of increasing your freestyle skills and getting a whole new bag tricks under your belt. If you would like some more advice on any of our freestyle products, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Keep an eye out this winter for freestyle coaching sessions at weekends and during the holidays for all ages. Everyone is welcome !!

Vivid Snowboarding - The specialists snowboard school based in Verbier

 


Year round snowboarding with Vivid Snowboarding

The Vivid Snowboarding Calendar

The Vivid Snowboarding Calendar

Vivid Snowboarding offers a wide range of specialist freeride and freestyle camps. Vivid Snowboarding also offers a good mix of instructor training courses and an avalanche awareness course.

During the winter months we are based in Verbier, Switzerland, home to some of the best freeride terrain in Europe. In the summer months we run our programmes in Cervinia, Italy.

Our winter starts at the beginning of December with a long weekend season opening camp. This will get your riding fine-tuned for the up and coming season.

Freeride camps take place during January and February taking advantage of mid-winter snow conditions. We have camps for the more accomplished rider. The kind of rider looking to search, explore and ride some of the highest quality off-piste terrain out there. We also have camp options for the new comer to freeriding, who is looking raise their technical skills and gain in confidence and increase their knowledge of the mountain environment.

Vivid Snowboarding offers a Japan powder camp each January for those wanting to experience the ultimate powder riding in Japan.

Check out the resort of Hakuba here HAKUBA

If you are wanting to gain a specific backcountry qualification then come and join one of our ISTA (International Snow Training Academy courses) courses. The day discovery course will teach you basic risk prevention when off-piste. You will be given the tools to stay safe in the backcountry.

Check out the ISTA course here ISTA

Freestyle camps run during the back end of the winter season and during the summer months in Cervinia. If you are wanting to progress your freestyle game or add some new flavours to your riding then this is perfect option.

Through out the winter in Verbier, Vivid Snowboarding offer our girls shred afternoon. These are an awesome way for the girls snowboarding community in Verbier and the surrounding area to get together and have fun together.

Our instructor training courses will give you the opportunity to gain your BASI level 1 and 2 qualifications. This takes place in Saas Fee every Autumn. From years in the instructor training industry we’ve created the perfect course. The correct amount of coaching, balanced next to plenty of practise time which develops skills. We have real job opportunities with Vivid Snowboarding in Verbier.

We do also offer month long intensive training camps without the stress of any exams.

Keep an eye out on our social media channels for up and coming dates