Garlands on a snowboard
So what are Snowboard Garlands?
Gralands are an extremely important skill to have and Without the garland in your riding technique, you will Always struggle to initiate and complete the turn on your snowboard.
The goal here is to learn how to initiate and complete a turn, but without making an edge change.
It is also used to increase confidence in pointing the board into the fall-line and riding a flat base, and to become comfortable turning the board out of the fall-line and coming to a smooth stop.
Remember This: A series of turn initiations and completions across the fall-line, making a wavy or step-like track in the snow.
Heelside Snowboard Garland:
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Begin the garland as with a skidded traverse.
Step 2: Once in a comfortable traverse, focus on twist and pivot to guide the snowboard towards the fall-line.
Step 3: When ready to turn back out of the fall-line, first tilt and then pivot the snowboard across the slope, finishing with a traverse in the same direction as you began.
Toe side Snowboard Garland:
Begin the garland as with a skidded traverse.
Step 1: Once in a comfortable traverse focus on twist and pivot to guide the snowboard towards the fall-line.
Step 2: When ready to turn back out of the fall-line, first tilt and then pivot the snowboard across the slope, finishing with a traverse in the same direction as you began.
DO NOT let your Heel side edge touch the snow!
Try multiple garlands across the slope, then roll over and repeat in the opposite direction on the opposite edge.You must be competent in the falling leaf technique to successfully complete a snowboard graland correctly!
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