Glacier season in Europe

Glacier Season In Europe

Glacier Season in Europe

Europe has a wealth of ridable glaciers. They usually fire up through out the Autumn and they all have something to offer. Below is a break down of some of the glaciers in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and France and what each mountain has to offer.

Switzerland

  • Saas Fee is our Autumn home where we run our world class instructor training program. Saas Fee also plays host to the stomping grounds park. This pulls in a few of the biggest names in snowboarding as they get their winter started. The snowpark has monster kickers for the Pro level of rider and easier features for everyone to use.
  • Zermatt is open through out the summer and they have a rad park set up. The park stays open until mid October. Then this is moved further down the glacier on the Swiss side.
  • Glacier 3000 opened for business on the 29th September after receiving 80cm of snow. The park is due to open on the 6th November. Dates may change as conditions change. Keep up to date with Glacier 3000 here GLACIER3000
  • Engelberg in the centre of Switzerland has the Titlis glacier. Not a huge amount of terrain but big enough for a fun session. Engelberg is not too far from Zurich with a transfer time of 1 hour 20 minutes.

Austria 

  • Hintertux in the zillertal valley is one of the only glaciers that stays open all year round. However the park shuts during the hot summer months. The park opens for business at the beginning of September and they have a Pro kicker ready to go. They also have a lovely medium kicker line with a 3 in a row set up.
  • Kaunertal in the Western Tirol opens in mid October. The mountain is dedicated to building one of the best parks around. Usually lots of jib features for all levels of rider.
  • Stubai plays host to the Stubai Zoo, with infamous kickers and enough terrain to keep all styles of rider stoked. They manage the mountain here by covering the glacier over the summer to preserve the snow. One of the more extensive riding areas during the Autumn. They will open on the 17/10/2020.
  • Kitzsteinhorn is close to the resorts of Kaprun and Zell am See. Instead of opening in the hot summer they have a long opening period from October through until June each year.

Italy

  • Cervinia is home to our summer program with a shared park with Zermatt. The mountain shuts for a short period late summer/early Autumn before reopening at the end of October for a long winter season. Once the snow starts the mountain will open all the way down to the village. Check out our summer camp here CAMPS
  • Stelvio in Italy is beginning to emerge as another hot spot for Autumn riding. Here the Prinoth X camp takes place pulling in a selection of the worlds finest riders

 

France 

  • Tignes has the grande motte glacier which offers rad terrain. The lifts will usually start towards the end of October. If the snow comes early you can ride all the way down to Val Claret village. The glacier is accessed by a super fast under ground railway.
  • Les Deux Alpes in the southern French Alps has an awesome park both in the summer and late Autumn time. The glacier does shut from late summer into Autumn but will usually gets going towards the end of October.

If you are after coaching during the Summer and Autumn then please get in touch.

It is always worth checking the weather conditions before planning a trip, the weather during the autumn and summer can change fast and mountains can shut.

 


online coaching

Online Coaching and Consultation.

We are happy to announce the launch of our new online coaching and consultation platform.

Throughout the year we offer the following services:

  • Technical Riding analysis and development. Send us your footage, we set up a zoom chat and will go over this together. We create personalised programs to grow your skills, progress you're riding and transform your style.
  • Fitness Consultation. Whether you are preparing for a long winter of riding or getting geared up for your annual holiday or just wanting to make some changes to yourself. We are here to talk through and set up bespoke training programs. We want to aid, motivate and guide you to your goals.
  • Equipment Guide. Years of fun on the mountain has given us a clear insight into what equipment works best. Your set up is super important for you to get the most out of your day. We can help guide you through the maze of equipment choice and select what will suit your riding style and level best.
  • Instructor training. We offer advice and guidance through the instructor training pathways. We set up training programs and help mentor individuals through their training program and exams.

Check out more of the product on the site page here ONLINE

All your online coaching and consultation coaches are highly qualified instructors and personal trainers. You can look at all their profiles here TEAM

If you would like some more information on our new service or would like to set up a chat then please don't hesitate to get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Your first 20 minute session is Free

Contact details:

Email: vividsnowboarding@gmail.com

Telephone: +41 792838735


snowboarding lessons in Verbier

Snowboarding lessons in Verbier

Vivid Snowboarding is the specialist snowboarding school in Verbier. We offer every style of snowboard lesson and have the very best instructors, guides and coaches in resort. We think of the time you spend with your instructor to be more than just a snowboard lesson. It is the ultimate snowboarding experience.

Here is a list of the products we offer:

  • Private
  • Group
  • Freestyle
  • Freeride
  • Splitboarding
  • Kids
  • Instructor Training
  • Heli Riding

Come and take a lesson with us this winter in Verbier. Our snowboarding lessons in Verbier can vary in relation to the duration. A lesson can be for two hours, three hours, four hours or a full day.

Check out the pricing for all our snowboarding lessons in Verbier here PRICE

Private lessons are a great way to initially learn. These will be the most effective in helping the individual grasp the basics.

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we also offer specialized Freeride and Freestyle weeks and weekends. These run for five days and are an awesome way to really push your riding in your chosen direction. If you are looking to explore some of the amazing mountain around Verbier then why not join a Freeride week or weekend. It's a full five days or two days on the mountain. You will be riding with a crew of riders. It's an awesome way to meet like minded shredders while progressing you're riding at the same time.

If you are looking to come for a freeride experience it is well worth checking out conditions before arriving WEATHER

Please don't hesitate to get in contact for more details, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 


Verbier Snowboard Guide

VERBIER SNOWBOARD GUIDES

Verbier Snowboard Guides

Come join a guided session this coming winter. Explore some of the world class off-piste in Verbier and the 4 valley's.

Verbier has endless amounts of freeride terrain. This will range from crazy steep and gnarly to super mellow and playful. You can pick and choose which you ever you fancy. A vast majority of the terrain is lift accessed.  The two highest lift accessed peaks are Mont Gele and Mont Fort. Both of which are over 3000m and offer riding in all directions. These mountains are awesome and offer amazing amounts of Vertical descent.

If you are planning a weekend trip or a longer period of time then its well worth planning around decent snowfall. Keep up to date with snow conditions with Snow - Forecast SNOW

Your Vivid Snowboarding guide has been riding the mountains in and around verbier for years. This gives them that local knowledge and insight that you only have from time on a mountain. They will choose the best snow and terrain on any given day.

Through out the winter Vivid Snowboarding will be running specific Freeride weeks and weekends. You can check out all these options here FREERIDE

If you would like some more information on any of our products then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at Vivid Snowboarding.

Tel - 0041 792838735

Email: vividsnowboarding@gmail.com

 

 


The Burton Step on doing good in the powder

The Burton Step On

The Burton Step On

Burton are the biggest and best snowboarding company in the industry. Burton are continuously developing their product and one of their newest and boldest is the reintroduction of the step in system. This made a brief appearance in the 90's and then disappeared. However Burton have rebranded and launched again as the Step on system. Not for every style of rider but definitely worth trying and giving them a test run. You might just fall in love with them!

Here at Vivid Snowboarding we have been testing and riding this product. They are strong, lightweight and durable. The boots connect to the binding with two connection points on the front of the boots and one at the back on the heel. Once you've managed the connection a couple of times this becomes second nature. To release your boot from the binding there is a simple leaver to pull up.

Burton have created a simple and effective connection between board and bindings. They want the constant hassle of strapping in and out of the bindings taken away. Their new system is in its infancy but it works and feels good! Other brands have now also followed Burton into the strapless world. K2 have relaunched their clicker system which is again a blast from the past. The 90's are coming back!

Burton have grown their step on range for the coming season. The boots will vary slightly in relation to support, durability and weight. It will always be worth trying out a few different styles so that you get the most comfortable boot for yourself. Remember your boots are the number one most important piece of kit, then you're binding and then you're snowboard.

For Winter 2020 - 2021 Burton will be offering the following step on boots:

  • The Ion step on
  • The Ruler step on
  • The Swath step on
  • The Photon step on

You can check out the full range for winter 2020 - 2021 here SHOP

If you are looking for further advice on the Step On system then please get in touch with us here at Vivid Snowboarding.

 


Look before you jump

The Snowpark Safety Guide

Snowpark Safety Guide

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.

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. Every 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. Learn the snowpark safety guide.

If you are looking to ride the snowpark come take a session Freestyle sessions.

 


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 and 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 berried. 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 your 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 and your in the middle of nowhere about to drop in! Keep making suer those bindings are tweaked, strong and secure. The secret duck tape stash that can mend a broken boot or make a set of binding ridable again.
  • 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

If you are looking to venture off-piste then why not take a snowboard guide with you. Here at Vivid snowboarding we have the very best off-piste coaches and guides. Please get in contact for more information VIVID


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.

 

 


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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