Sad new for fans of polo on ice, the St. Mortiz Polo World Cup on Snow slated to take place January 26-29, 2012 in Switzerland is cancelled.
Unseasonably warm weather has prevented Lake St. Mortiz from fully freezing, therefore making it unsafe to build the necessary event structures. “We were hoping for a last-minute change in the weather so that a few nights at sub-zero temperatures could freeze the lake sufficiently. Unfortunately Mother Nature has let us down,” says Bernhard Pöllinger, Head of Sports & Infrastructure at St. Moritz Polo Corporation. It’s the first time in the 28-year history of the tournament that weather conditions have interfered with the World Cup on Snow going forward.
Alternative venues were looked into, but St. Moritz Polo Corporation CEO Urs E. Schwarzenbach explained that finding a place on par with St. Moritz in a short amount of time wasn’t possible.
For those booked into area hotel Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, a St. Moritz World Cup on Snow sponsor and host, there is a silver lining. Snowy action will still be found in St. Moritz January 27-29 when the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup for Ladies takes place at local mountain Corvigila.