• World Snow Polo Championship


    Audi's team of aces beat out the Beluga Vodka squad from Russia to capture the World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen two weeks ago after a bitter cold battle. The sport was first introduced in 1985 at the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. Though similar to arena polo, matches are played on a snow-packed arena surrounded by fencing keeping the ball in play. Horses are shod with special cleated shoes providing better traction, the ball is larger, lighter and a resilient red offering better visibility. What of the spectators? They, along with celebrities, gather under heated tents while they enjoy the action on the field.

    Jan 5, 2011 | Permalink (4) Total Comments

    AMC left a comment on 1/6/2011 at 4:10 AM:

    The point that its dangerous for the ponies is silly, conventional polo causes many serious injuries to both riders and ponies, with the second highest fatality rate of any sport what do you expect. Also playing in snow extends the season and brings the sport to wider range of people only serving to propagate the growth of polo within society. Excellent photo.

    MFR left a comment on 1/5/2011 at 3:57 PM:

    Ah, celebrities are there along with the spectators? Count me in! If someone famous—for whatever reason—likes it, it must be worthwhile.

    Justin left a comment on 1/5/2011 at 11:22 AM:

    I would think that, had this snow polo taken place in Florida, it would be a little forced.  Instead, Aspen seems like a perfectly logical choice to add snow to a sport.

    G. Smart left a comment on 1/5/2011 at 11:09 AM:

    I love snow polo. Elephant Polo is better though ;)