Mountain Mayhem: The Snow Polo Show | AspenTimes.com

Mountain Mayhem: The Snow Polo Show

by May Selby

With Aspen Mountain as the breathtaking backdrop, the World Snow Polo Championships took place this past weekend. The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Melissa and Marc Ganzi, co-founders of Aspen Valley Polo Club, and polo ambassador and St. Regis connoisseur Nacho Figueras served as hosts of the final stop of the tour, held in Aspen for the fourth consecutive year.

Considered one of the most prestigious snow polo events in the world, the championships attract top players from around the country for a glamorous weekend of sport, socializing and style.

The festivities began on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the St. Regis Aspen Resort with the presentation of teams and the tournament draw. On Saturday, Dec. 16, the competition was underway at Rio Grande Park with Press Day followed by subsidiary and final games on Sunday, Dec. 17. Spectators lined the field on all sides with an extravagant VIP tent with cocktails, Champagne, a raw bar, and made-to-order Crepes Suzettes. Guests were dressed to the nines in winter wear from head to boot. It's always a see-and-be-seen scene in the tent, including the four-legged fans dolled up in Burberry coats and shearling trimmed sweaters.

Sunday's championships concluded with U.S. Polo Association taking the trophy in a heated final against Flexjet. U.S. Polo Assn.'s Nic Roldan also was named Most Valuable Player for the fourth year in a row.

Event sponsors this year included The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Audi, Flexjet, Moet Hennessy, Aspen Peak and U.S. Polo Association with all proceeds directed to the Aspen Education Foundation. For further details, visit http://www.worldsnowpolo.com.

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