AmbassaTur Laura Rogoski spends her days on the mountains, catching air and seeking fresh powder. Her day job is a night job, meaning she isn't your average weekend warrior - she's out there on the mountain any time it calls to her.
Where is your hometown?
I was born right outside of Chicago. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, Ann Arbor, and Traverse City Michigan. Then I spent 4 years in Burlington Vermont. My hometown is a little bit of everywhere.
Where do you currently reside?
Salt Lake City, Utah
What are your favorite ways to spend time outside?
I love snowboarding, split boarding, skateboarding, and rock climbing.
What is your most beloved piece of Turtle Fur gear?
My black Turtle Fur neck warmer. It keeps me warm even on the coldest snowy days but is still breathable enough to wear in spring conditions. Plus it matches everything.
What Turtle Fur product comes with you on every adventure, and why?
My neck warmer and at least one beanie. Gotta keep my head, ears, and neck warm!
What is your most cherished outdoor memory?
Snowboarding on January 6th, 2019. My mom passed away when I was young on January 6th. I always like to do something outside for her in her memory. Last year on her remembrance date I got up to Brighton Resort an hour before the lifts started turning. It had snowed 12 inches overnight and was still snowing. I carpooled up with some friends and shared my favorite memories of my mom on the drive. IT WAS THE BEST POWDER DAY EVER. It was snowing so hard they closed the access road to Brighton. We couldn't drive down so we just kept snowboarding. It was the most incredible day.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?
I would love to go to Belize. I always travel for snowboarding. It would be really exciting to go somewhere warm and tropical. I would love to go on hikes and swim in warm water. Experience something completely different from anywhere else I’ve visited.
What is your day job?
It’s a night job! I bartend at a high-end restaurant. It allows me to take advantage of the daylight hours and get outside any day I’d like to.
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I was T-boned by a car on my motorcycle in 2017. I was severely injured. My femur was broken in 7 places, my hip dislocated, I broke my pelvis, and my hand. The doctors told me that moving forward snowboarding might be out of the question. That I might never fully recover and I should rethink my hobbies. I put every ounce of energy I had into my physical therapy and keeping a positive mindset. 5 surgeries later and endless hours of stretching and strength training got me back on my feet. One and a half years after surgery I was snowboarding again and was so grateful for every turn I made. This led me to having the best season imaginable. I won a few contests and took photos I was really proud of. One of them made it in a Snowboarder Magazine printed issue. It was a dream come true.
Two truths and a lie:
I have had 7 surgeries in the past 3 years.
I love cooking.
I own two cats- together they weigh 30 pounds.
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