From 19-20 December, the polo community once again heads to Aspen in the US state of Colorado to watch the Piaget World Snow Polo Championship for the fourteenth time. The three teams Audi, St. Regis and Piaget kick off the proceedings with three players each and a team handicap of between 12 and 15 goals. Jennifer Guinan from the Aspen Valley Polo Club explains: ”The Piaget Snow Polo World Championship is very important as it‘s the last opportunity for the players to collect points for the World Polo Tour.“
As the only snow polo tournament in North America, the Championship in Aspen is a special event and every year attracts numerous polo enthusiasts to the winter sports resort, which is also the richest city in the United States. The snow chukkas are played in the centre of the city of Aspen, with a robust snow-covered outdoor arena built there for the tournament.
Jennifer Guinan: ”The match is played on a Rugby field called Wagner Park. It is a spectacular location in the heart of downtown Aspen, surrounded by fantastic shopping and fine dining just steps away. The field is smaller than a regular field, which only serves to condense the action. With the VIP tent raised and flush with the arena wall, there is simply no better way to watch the best players in the world charge around on snow.“