Snow Polo is starting to get around. China hosted its first Snow Polo Tournament named The Goldin Cup in February of this year. The tournament was held at the Tianjin Metropolitan Polo Club in Tianjin, and the Chinese invited teams from Argentina, Australia, England, France, New Zealand and Hong Kong to participate. Argentina walked away with second place, loosing to the English 7-6.
However you don’t need to be a professional polo player to enjoy some Snow Polo. Get on that snowy field and play some Snow Polo at Pire-Hue Lodge located in Bariloche, Argentina. It’s just a midsummer trip to the Patagonia to sharpening your polo game under the leadership of an Argentine polo maestro. Get on the slopes then after (or before) hit some Snow Polo. Bariloche, Argentina is in the foothills of the Andes, where heaven meets the sky. Have a mountain rendezvous with your Polo instructor and relax at the lodge after.
The snowed, training fields are only a 20-minute drive from the Pire-Hue Lodge. Helmet, mallet, riding boots and horse are all included. Then, you’ll also be teamed up with others who share your cool sport experience.
The Snow Polo matches are three-on-three instead of the usual four-on-four. The ball is lighter and larger, and red instead of white. And just like an après-ski, you’ll be treated to an après-polo feast and drinks. According to reports, your meal will include wild boar - Not in the “Lord of the Flies” way so don’t worry.
For more information and for bookings, please visit the Pire-Hue Lodge‘s website at: http://www.pire-hue.com.ar/.
Check out this video from the first ever FEM Snow Polo Tournament in 2007, in Bariloche, Argentina. You can be one of these ladies: