The world’s only high goal polo tournament played on snow, the Snow Polo World Cup kicks off on Friday 27 January, held over three days at Switzerland’s frozen lake of St. Moritz. The elite event, sponsored by some of the world’s premier brands, such as Cartier, Maserati, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel and Perrier Jouet, has attracted some notable attendees and VIPs since its establishment in 1985.
Tickets for the event start at CHF500 or almost AUD$650 a day, with the additional option of purchasing tickets to be included in the exclusive Chukker Club and attend the Saturday evening Gala dinner available.
This year, top players from Italy, Ireland, the US and Malaysia have signed on to play for the legendary Cartier Trophy. The beauty of the sport played on magnificent animals, on top of powdery tufts of fresh snow is a spectacle to behold. Cradled in the impeccable, natural setting in St. Moritz, Switzerland the event offers a truly unique experience for polo enthusiasts, an exquisite gourmet food selection as well as a number of well-attended social events.
What else is on offer in cosmopolitan St. Moritz?
The picturesque surrounds of St. Moritz offer visitors a host of activities outside of polo as well. The lake itself, frozen this time of year offers many walking trails around it’s edge, and the lake is groomed for ice skating in the winter.
Those with a passion for horses may also like to take in the famous horse race known as, “The Horse Race of Ice”, which as the name suggests, remarkably takes place over the ice of the frozen lake. The incredible race takes place in early February.
A winter wonderland
Of course, the Swiss Alps is also one of the most idyllic places on earth to ski, with several luxury ski resorts within travelling distance to both popular slopes and the Snow Polo tournament. St. Moritz itself is one of the most popular of these, also known as the ‘birthplace of winter tourism’ in the Alps, it has also played host to two Winter Olympics since its establishment in 1864. The resort village has several natural hot springs, a popular destination in the winter months, helping to solidify the resort’s reputation as a health retreat.
For nature lovers, the incredible natural setting of St. Moritz is beautiful all year round. The village is surrounded by national parks, with many walking and hiking trails. The village is also popular in the spring, when the area comes alive with colour, due to the spectacular array of flowers.
Food connoisseurs will also delight in the gourmet food scene on offer in St. Moritz. The St. Moritz Gourmet Festival takes place from 30 January to 3 February, with this year’s theme, “The Best from the West” showcasing delights from North-American cuisine. During the festival, diners will enjoy an exceptional food experience at the hands of American master chefs alongside local master chefs from St. Moritz’s partner hotels.