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Febuary 9, 2015
Snow polo on lac Tremblant

It’s a surprising idea. And yet international polo tournaments on ice are held every year at such prestigious locations as Aspen, Colorado; Cortina, Italy; Tianjin, China; and Saint-Moritz, Switzerland.

Following in the footsteps of these dream destinations, Mont-Tremblant is preparing to host, on February 28, Canada’s first-ever snow polo match. Polo is a two-thousand-year-old equestrian sport, and this match is a national first that should arouse the interest of a variety of international polo clubs. In fact, you might be wise to mark this special date on your own calendar. After all, this is also only the second snow polo event to be held on a frozen lake. The first is the Cartier Snow Polo World Cup, which has been held for 20 years at Saint-Moritz winter sports resort…also the place where the tradition of snow polo was born. Twenty years later, the event attracts more than 15,000 spectators during a weekend known to be one of the most fashionable of the year.

No cold feet for these promoters
Organized by Snow Polo Tremblant, this inaugural snow polo match will pit the Canadian team against an international team, across from the hotel Quintessence. This initial event is expected to mark the debut of a series of renowned equestrian events at Mont-Tremblant. Every year, around the world, these equestrian events attract a large number of spectators drawn from the ranks of the most world’s affluent individuals. For this first match, the promoters expect to attract between 150 and 200 VIP guests and welcome between 1000 and 3000 spectators who will attend free of charge.

 “Developing this kind of idea takes a great deal of time and effort,” concedes Herbert Ratsch, promoter and main instigator of the event. “In China, the snow polo tournament lasts a week and hosts 16 teams. Our objective is that five years from now, our event is international and as famous as that of Tianjin.”

Snow polo for dummies
Snow polo allows two teams of three riders each to confront each other on a snow-covered field measuring 150 feet in length by 100 feet in width. The teams, made up of the of the world’s best riders, score by sending, using a mallet, a brightly coloured leather ball into the opposing team’s goal. Each rider has four horses, and the game is made up of four seven-minute sessions. It sounds like an event that will be well worth seeing. Snowpolotremblant.com

Source: Guillaume Vincent, Tremblant Express, February 2015

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