Snow polo

Snow polo.

St. Moritz , 29 January to 1 February 2015.

On the last weekend in January, four high goal teams from Australia, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland will be competing for the coveted Cartier Trophy on the frozen lake of St. Moritz. The three days of the tournament will see high-class polo played against the magnificent backdrop of a snow-capped Engadin Valley and social events both on the lake and in the first-class hotels in St. Moritz.

History of snow polo

Although first conceived in 1959, the sport of Snow Polo did not get its official start until 1985 when the first match was played on the frozen surface of Lake St. Moritz in Switzerland.

That first game drew only 1,000 spectators, but since then Snow Polo has rapidly gained in popularity and today is played not only in Switzerland but Italy, Austria, France, the United States, Argentina, Russia, Spain, Asia and China.

Played on a flat area of compacted snow or a frozen lake, Snow Polo provides the same speed and physicality as traditional field polo but is considered much quicker due to the smaller playing field. Snow Polo audiences also get to see the game at much closer quarters thanks to the high sideboards right at the edge of the pitch.