And no, we’re not talking about ski racing or even figure skating.
Picture this: a snow-filled arena strewn with galloping horses mounted by mallet-wielding human athletes chasing after a blow-up plastic ball. Such was the scene for two days at the World Snow Polo Championships in December where onlookers struggled to take their eyes off of the action.
They did so just long enough to sip Moët champagne and sate their hunger at the raw bar or with a few bone marrow French fries from the bountiful spread provided by the St. Regis Aspen.
The VIP alpine-luxe viewing tent doubled in size this year as the event has grown in the five years since Melissa and Marc Ganzi, co-founders of the Aspen Valley Polo Club, brought the snow polo circuit to Aspen (not to mention to North America). It was a good thing as ticket proceeds to the packed tent went to the Aspen Education Foundation.
On the frosty field, this year’s competition was as fierce as ever. The U.S. Polo Association took back its title from last year’s champion, Flexjet, led by the Most Valuable Player, Nic Roldan.
Juancito Bollini, Grant Ganzi and MVP Nic Roldan.
Exclusive photos of the weekend can be found here: