Saddle up for Nacho Figueras, Nic Roldan and other international players as they duke it out for Bacarrat Trophies in Marolt Park.
December 17-18, 2011
Short-sleeve jerseys will be replaced with long underwear and ski masks as professional polo players and specially trained horses with cleats converge in a snow-packed arena for the USPA World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen.
Celebrities, spectators as well as polo novices and enthusiasts will gather under heated tents to catch the action and enjoy this unique spectacle and a stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop.
Top polo standouts including Nacho Figueras and Nic Roldan are slated to play this year along with a host of other high-profile international stars as five teams compete in an elimination tournament to decide the champion. Team sponsors for this year include popular brand names such as Piaget, Ciroc, Audi and KIG along with the U.S. Polo Assn. brand, which is also sanctioned by the United States Polo Association (USPA), the sport’s national governing body since 1890.
There will be celebrity studded evening parties to attend as well as fabulous restaurants and fine shops to sample. Christmas shopping is of course a must along with world class skiing.
The Host Hotels:
Little Nell 970-920-4600
Limelight Lodge 970-925-3025
Hotel Jerome 970-920-1000 (Closest to the field)
Molly Gibson 970-925-3434
ABOUT SNOW POLO
The sport of snow polo was first introduced in 1985 at the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. The inaugural event entertained several hundred curious spectators. In the U.S. snow polo is competed exclusively in Aspen, Colorado. Snow Polo is a modified version of polo. Games are played on a snow-packed arena surrounded by fencing keeping the ball in play. Teams are comprised of three players, as in typical arena polo. Play consists of four 7-min chukkers (periods). The horses (polo ponies) are shod with special cleated shoes to provide better traction. The ball is larger and lighter, and bright red, to better accommodate winter conditions. Aspen… On a snow covered rugby field at one of the world’s most posh resorts this thrilling game on horseback is played with the same speed and intensity and excitement as St. Moritz. World Class Polo players will be competing for the title.
Celebrities and Spectators gather under heated tents to enjoy the action on the field. The glamour and excitement that is only polo has been a major drawing card of this sport for many years. Both fans and players alike are in for a special treat this year as the social agenda quickly fills up with lavish events at luxury restaurants and hotels throughout Aspen.