St. Regis draws world polo stars to Aspen for an unforgettable game

When the rich and famous gather each season in Aspen, it isn’t just to ski – there is also polo. That’s right, the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship just went down in Aspen, drawing out the sports biggest stars.

“Snow polo is a great way to showcase the sport to spectators who have never seen polo before,” Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, polo’s most famous face, told Forbes. “You can really be close to the action, which is great, and the game is not so open, so there is a lot more contact.”

Figueras, was joined on the pitch by high-profile player Nic Roldan, as well as Tommy Biddle, Jeff Hall and Melissa Ganzi — one of the top women’s players in the United States, according to Forbes.

Snow polo dates back to at least 1985, when players gathered in St. Mortiz, Switzerland. In snow polo the hard white ball is replaced with a large red inflatable ball and the number of players is reduced.

“There’s a lot of action, there’s speed, there’s contact, and there’s a couple of accidents every once in a while to make it interesting,” Figueras said.