All is set for the spectacular polo game on the frozen Lake St. Moritz that traditionally reigns over the last weekend in January!
The 37th edition of the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz is happening from January 28 to 30, 2022. For the first time, six high-calibre teams will compete to win the world’s only high goal tournament on snow, to be played in a new match mode.
The team captains will be finalizing their team line-ups in the coming few weeks, looking to commit top international polo players to up their chances to grab the victory in this prestigious tournament.
Alongside the long-standing team sponsors Badrutt’s Palace Hotel and Azerbaijan Land of Fire and Champagne Perrier-Jouët, the organizers are pleased to welcome three new team sponsors—Clinique La Prairie Switzerland, Casablanca, and the World Polo League. VIP and Chukker Club tickets are in high demand, as are the tickets for the gala. And as ever, admission to the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz is free for the general public.
Multiple prominent teams worldwide have thrown their hat in the ring to compete in the Snow Polo World Cup 2022. In light of the high interest in one of the coveted spots, the tournament committee has decided to invite six teams to the tournament instead of the previous four, making it a first.
As a result, three matches will be played per day. Friday’s winning teams will directly qualify for the semi-finals on Saturday, as will the best-scoring defeated team. Sunday will see the all-important final kick off following the third- and fifth- place matches.
Melissa Ganzi (USA), Marc Ganzi (USA), Elcin Jamalli (AZE), and Kutlay Yaprak (TUR), along with newcomers Ivan Romanovsky (RUS) and Dillon Bacon (USA), are seeded as captains. Title-holders Robert Strom (FRA) and Max Charlton (ENG) have also entered the competition, as has the Argentine 10-goaler Sapo Caset, one of the world’s best polo players of the present day.
Two local heroes, Engadine-born Tito Gaudenzi and Luca Meier from Zürich, will also be contending for the title, weighing in their experience of playing on the Swiss team at the European Polo Championship in Sotogrande, Spain in summer 2021. Over the coming weeks, additional names will be announced as they are confirmed.
“The unique atmosphere on the frozen lake against a mountain backdrop which no doubt makes for one of the world’s most spectacular settings, enthuses guests anew every year. Demand for both VIP tickets and tickets for the gala night is extraordinarily high,” says tournament founder and organizer Reto Gaudenzi. “That goes to show that to the world class polo players and polo fansm, the Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz is a definite highlight on the annual polo calendar and not something to be missed.”
The various social events on and off the lake, promising to provide as entertainment as the action-packed sport, will round off the three tournament days in the breathtaking Alpine setting.
Get your tickets here and join the exciting festivities at St. Moritz!