Snow Polo Championships in Aspen


This past December the reining World Snow Polo champions, the Land Rover America’s Polo Cup Team, proved themselves yet again at this years Land Rover sponsored event. “The United States polo team is proud to be here,” said team captain Tareq Salahi. “This is a big weekend and we came to win.” And win they did. They stole the final goal in the last five seconds of the final game against the Roaring Fork Polo Team on the Rio Grande Field. Snow Polo was initially introduced in 1985 in St. Moritz, Aspen, and the tournament is the only one of its kind in the U.S., though some modifications have been made to accommodate both players and ponies alike. The ball is now a resilient red, offering better visibility, and the trusty steeds hooves are shod with special shoes enhancing traction. The luxurious St. Regis Aspen Resort threw a Champagne celebration in honor of the event, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and model Michaele Salahi presented awards to the U.S. Champions.