The 2016 Aspen World Snow Polo Championship is right around the corner,Dec. 17-18.
Melissa and Marc Ganzi, co-founders of Aspen Valley Polo Club, along with polo ambassador and St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras, will host the final stop on the World Polo Tour for the fourth consecutive year in Aspen, Colo.
The tournament is one of the most prestigious snow polo events in the world and attracts top players from around the country. The event is not only a major allure for the Aspen community but for the fans and high-profile viewers from around the globe.
The event begins on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the St. Regis Aspen Resort with the presentation of teams and tournament draw.
On Saturday, Dec. 17, Rio Grande Park will host the action with Press Day at noon. Rio Grande Park is Aspen's largest multi-functional park within the city's limits and just minutes away from the St. Regis Aspen Resort.
On Sunday, Dec. 18, subsidiary and final games are scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Fans will get the chance to meet the players at before the final and subsidiary games along with the trophy presentation.
Sponsorships are available for the entirety of the tournament.
2016 World Snow Polo Lineup
- Melissa Ganzi
- Jason Crowder
- Jesse Bray
- Bernie Uechtritz
- Carlitos Gracida
- Nacho Figueras
U.S. Polo Assn.
- Bash Kazi
- Ricky Cooper
- Tommy Biddle
- Grant Ganzi/Marc Ganzi
- Juancito Bollini
- Nic Roldan
SNOW POLO HISTORY
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 in Aspen, Colorado. 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.