The snow-sprinkled landscape of Aspen, Colorado, may be more commonly associated with winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.
But there’s a new horse in town this week — quite literally.
The World Snow Polo Championship will kick off at the Aspen Valley Polo Club on Thursday before moving on to the nearby Rio Grande Park on Friday and Saturday, with some of the sport’s star names such as Nacho Figueras set to take part.
The event is the final stop this year on the World Polo Tour circuit — a series of tournaments in which the world’s best players compete and are awarded ranking points based on their performance.
But snow polo is far from a new phenomenon. The sport was first played on a frozen lake in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 1985 and has been growing ever since.
It has been taken up as far afield as Austria and China, where snow polo competitions are staged each year.