Meet SOS Coordinator Coral Rose Taylor
Ever wonder what would happen when you combine a snowboarder, mountain biker, yoga instructor and environmental engineer? Meet Coral Rose Taylor: The lady who can do it all.
Name: Coral Rose Taylor
Home Mountain: Squaw Valley + Alpine Meadows, CA
Ever wonder what would happen when you combine a snowboarder, mountain biker, yoga instructor and environmental engineer? Meet Coral Rose Taylor: The lady who can do it all. Originally raised outside of Reno, Coral has lived full-time in Truckee for seventeen years soaking up everything the mountains have to offer.
Is it difficult to balance time between the mountains and working as an environmental engineer?
It’s easier than I thought but it took a while to get there. I got my masters last spring and that was pretty time-consuming and intense but by virtue of having that degree, I’m now able to work for a company as an environmental engineer three days a week. The other couple of days I teach yoga classes and have opportunities to snowboard and bike. It’s not as much outside time but it’s cool to be able to have a grown-up job.
How have you enjoyed being an SOS Coordinator?
It’s awesome. There’s a lot of power in women supporting each other in community. I love the idea of having women being empowered, supporting each other, and sport-specific items. I’m a petite person so I can’t buy men’s gears! Having a women’s specific snowboard is very important for me to enjoy the sport.
Which boards do you use from Coalition Snow?
The Myth is the quiver-killer, it’s great in all conditions. The first time I rode the myth I caught an edge and was like, ‘Oh shit!’ but the board recovered and was like, ‘I gotchu boo.’ It has this nice combination of stability and playfulness. It’s not terribly stiff but there’s enough structure there to get you through the icy, chundry variable snow conditions. At the same time you can take it for some park laps and pow turns.
The Queen Bee is the pleasure driver. It’s super fun and floaty in pow, playful in the spring slush conditions, fun in the park - a little more playful and has more flex. When I grab that board I think, ‘Oh , it's going to be a fun day.’
Have you been about to take the Sojourner Splitboard out much?
I’ve been able to take it out once so far. When people ask what my home mountain is I normally say ‘Oh - that peak, that peak, and that peak,’ just looking around! I think that’s the beauty of splitboarding, being outside in nature and the freedom that affords. There’s a very Zen mindset to it - the moment is important and the journey is important. The destination is important too, but it’s not the end all. You really have to embrace the moment and that’s the beautiful thing about splitboarding.