25th Cartier Snow Polo World Cup in St. Moritz
Earlier this month The Classicist wrote about the wild world of snow polo; this weekend the 25th annual Cartier Polo World Cup On Snow is taking place in St. Moritz, proving that the rich have not entirely given up their expensive pastimes. Snow polo was invented on the posh resort's frozen lake back in 1985. Four teams will be competing, fielded by Cartier, Maybach, Swiss private bank Julius Baer, and last year's winner, Brioni, all featuring world-class players. Nine years ago snow polo arrived in the US and a championship is now played annually in Aspen, our very own St. Moritz. For snow polo, the ponies are shod with special cleated shoes to provide better traction, and the ball is larger, lighter, and painted bright orange to accommodate winter conditions.