Ice has reached sufficient thickness
Yesterday, Wednesday 18 January, the organisers of The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz confirmed that thanks to the recent below freezing conditions, the ice has reached a sufficient thickness to safely support the tournament’s infrastructure. In combination with the tireless efforts of the organisers and all the companies involved, this means that the tournament can go ahead as planned from 27 – 29 January.
The unseasonably mild weather earlier in the month had delayed the construction of the tournament infrastructure which takes place upon the frozen lake, but once the tournament committee received clearance from the authorities to begin the first phase of general construction work on Saturday 14 January, they pulled out all the stops to ensure the infrastructure would be completed on time. The number of personnel as well as their work shifts were immediately doubled and helicopters were used to transport material needed for the basic construction onto the frozen lake.
These efforts proved successful and the first phase of construction was expedited and completed, allowing for the second phase of construction to already begin.Reto Gaudenzi, Founder & CEO of Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz was optimistic throughout, “We have remained hopeful until the very last minute that the night time freezing temperatures would ensure that the lake would freeze faster, and Mother Nature did not let us down. It is extremely gratifying to see that the countless hours of work invested in the preparation of the tournament by our team, sponsors, supporters and players has paid off. I would like to say a massive thank you to all the partners involved for the fantastic cooperation. Now, we can look forward to and focus on an incredible tournament! And as always, entry to the tournament is free of charge.”
Photograph: The Snow Polo World Cup St. Moritz will go ahead as planned over 27 – 29 January.