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Champagne on ice at Snow Polo St. Moritz
Issue 9 / 03 December 2018

Champagne on ice at Snow Polo St. Moritz

Get ready for one of the most glamorous winter events in the world at the 35th Snow Polo World Cup in St. Moritz.

Serena Norton

There’s just over a month to go until one of the world’s most glamorous sporting events kicks off in St. Moritz. From 25 - 27 January 2019 the 35th edition of the Snow Polo World Cup will take place on the frozen lake amidst the stunning backdrop of the Engadine mountains.

Although the St. Moritz polo club was founded by a group of locals in 1959, it wasn’t until 1985 that the first snow polo tournament was played. A worldwide trend began and now you can find polo played on snow all across the globe from Aspen in the US and Cortina in Italy to Tianjin in China. It is however St. Moritz that remains the most prestigious tournament of its kind.

This year training begins on the 24th January with matches being played on the 25th, 26th and 27th January. Guests can look forward to getting glammed up for a cocktail reception and black tie gala dinner on the Saturday night and a farewell party on the final night.

Four teams including players from six different nationalities will thrash it out on the ice for the coveted Cartier Trophy. Polo superstar and Argentine 10-goaler, Juan Martin Nero, currently ranked as one of the best three players in the world, is back for this year’s tournament as is Brit, Chris Hyde who has won the tournament an unprecedented seven times. Aside from the Cartier trophy, prizes are also awarded for ‘Best Player’, ‘Best playing Patron’ and ‘Best Horse’.

Admission to the St Moritz Snow Polo World Cup is free. However should you want something a little more exclusive you can opt for the VIP area where you can enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, including complimentary Perrier-Jouet champagne of course.

There’s no need to worry about accommodation either as we have a variety of luxury chalets still available for this unmissable weekend. This includes Chesa el Toula, a brand new ski chalet for this season with an incredible spa and six en-suite bedrooms. Originally built by the owner’s grandfather, Chesa el Toula has been fully renovated and is the perfect place to relax after an exciting day cheering on the competing teams.

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