An icy elegance and the compelling, thunderous sound of polo horses announces the world’s only high goal tournament on snow in underway in the Swiss resort of St Moritz, known as Europe’s capital of glamour and luxury to the annual event’s 12,000 spectators, the world elite.
Fly into Samedan airport high in the Swiss Alpine valley of Engadine in early January you’ll catch a glimpse of the carefully prepared ice field that will host the world’s only high goal polo world championships. At 1,800 metres above sea level, and surrounded by spectacular mountains, the airport brings a global elite to the exclusive Alpine resort of St Moritz to enjoy three days of world-class sport and socialising during the Snow Polo World Cup. It’s a sporting festival like no other with four teams competing for snow polo’s most coveted prize, the legendary Cartier Trophy.
Founded in 1985 by polo visionary affectionately known as the ‘Godfather of Snow Polo’, Reto Gaudenzi, CEO of the Snow Polo World Cup, the event attracts now around 12,000 spectators. Top players from across the world compete for its prestigious prize. In 2018, Cartier, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Maserati and the country of Azerbaijan will sponsor the four teams. Deutsche Bank Wealth Management is the sponsorship global lead partner and La Martina, the official outfitter.
Four worldclass teams and 100 polo horses enjoy three days of inspired sport and spectacle at the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz, held annually in january.
Being part of the snow polo tournament in the joyful Alpine spirit of Allegre a mile above sea level is a thrill few people experience. Over a special winter weekend, St Moritz is transformed an icy flurry of hooves and mallets on a frozen lake surrounded by beautiful mountains and all under an azure blue sky. It’s one of the most remarkable sporting events of the year.
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