You’ll likely never play it, but snow polo is a sport you should consider getting a front-row seat for.
Just like with its summery counterpart, snow polo is a sport played on horseback where the objective is to guide a ball through the goal of the opposing team using long-handled mallets. The first game took place on a frozen lake in Switzerland in 1985. Then Austria, the U.S. and even China began playing the sport before it finally ended up here in the Great White North last year.
Even though it might sound like a strange concept, make no mistake, this sport is a perfect fit for our country.
“This is like hockey on horseback,” said Justin Fogarty, Co-Founder of the Snow Polo Tremblant International tournament. “You’ve got the speed of the horses, you’ve got tremendously skilled players and you’ve got Canada’s winter.”
There’s also just something about the wackiness of watching a bunch of rich people fighting over a ball in the snow that just screams “Canada.” After all, here’s what the spectators look like:
Unfortunately, playing the sport will prove difficult for most Canadians, as each player requires four different horses (which are rotated so that none stay out in the cold for too long). So if you can’t afford four horses, it’s safe to say your chances are out. That said, watching the event is completely free, assuming you can get to Mont-Tremblant (there are also paid options available, for better seating). But since this year’s tournament already ended, we thought we’d give you a taste of what you missed:
To see the sport in action, check out the video above.