In the small New England community of women shredders is Molly Rae - a snowboarder, who at 23 found the mountains empowering not just for herself, but for any group of marginalized humans.
Name: Molly Rae
Home Mountain: Ragged Mountain, NH + Sugarloaf, ME
In the small New England community of women shredders is Molly Rae - a snowboarder, who at 23 found the mountains empowering not just for herself, but for any group of marginalized humans. She’s found that connecting with other women in the outside world has only added to her experiences and her love of different outdoor activities.
First of all, can you tell me something interesting about yourself?
I am an occupational therapist is and work with kids predominantly, and have a strong interest in adaptive sports. I work at a school with kids with multiple disabilities. I had an opportunity this year to join them for a trip up to Sugarloaf for a week and they did adaptive ski and adaptive snowboard lessons.
I got to work with a girl who has cerebral palsy and is basically blind and teach her how to snowboard, get her making turns. We had this huge snow day and she was like, ‘I’ve never snowboarded in this type of snow before!’ It was so awesome and empowering to get to see that. By getting more involved in snowboarding and realizing the importance of, not just women, but any marginalized groups whether it’s different racial groups or different levels of ability. It’s so important to provide people those outlets to learn, grow and progress. Companies like Coalition are really pushing that.
Which Coalition snowboards do you use?
I’ve ridden the Myth and Queen Bee boards through ice rinks, two feet or powder, spring puddles and slush and they’ve both been really awesome. I really love how they feel while craving, they hold pretty decently on the hardpack and ice we get on the east coast. They’re also so nice on corduroy, or after a fresh snowstorm with powder in the woods. I really like to use the Queen Bee when in the park also because it’s nice and poppy.
Are you able to ride with many other women?
Anytime there’s a women clinic, whether it’s for snowboarding or climbing, I end up making new connections, though everyone already knows everyone out here anyway. Half of the time I go to add someone on Facebook and we already have 25 mutual friends! It’s a close-knit area in New England.
Connecting with women in clinics meet-ups and other groups has influenced my progression, my improvement, my confidence and just my enjoyment for snowboarding. It’s always awesome to be able to celebrate progression with friends, especially when they’re awesome chicks who ski or snowboard really hard!