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White Turf, St. Moritz

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If you ever do need a reason to visit St. Moritz then attendance to the annual White Turf horse races surely fits the bill!

Held since 1907, the legendary White Turf is renowned as the world's only horse races to be held on a frozen lake.

Having attracted the rich and famous for more than a century, White Turf is unique in many respects, with the obvious being the unique ‘makeup’ of the ‘turf’.

Held every year, over three race sundays in February, noble thoroughbreds and international jockeys enthral more than 30,000 spectators by racing on the frozen lake of St. Moritz.

If you choose to sit track-side, then be prepared to see the thoroughbreds blitz past in a blizzard of grit and athletic grace as they race to the finish line. Alternatively opt for exclusive tickets to the VIP sun terraces for the ultimate vantage point.

Either or, enchant in an adrenaline pumping racing programme ranging from the trotting races, to the annual and much anticipated Gallop! However it's the skijöring races which really delight spectators. Ski-what?  The spectacularly beautiful images of skijöring  which circulate around the globe every year are responsible for White Turf‘s great renown. Skijöring  involves daring women and men being pulled on skis by their thoroughbreds over a racetrack of 2700m at speeds of up to 50km/h - usually under the clear blue sky of splendid winter climes. Courage, physical stamina, strength and skiing proficiency combine to determine who will be crowned ‘King or Queen of the Engadin’!

Surrounding the sporting arena lies White Turf’s festival village. Here, concerts and shops can be explored, creating funfair for the entire family. Local companies offer a range of culinary delicacies to suit everyone’s taste. And the lively music and inspiring art exhibitions under the backdrop of winter sunshine and snow-capped mountains make White Turf an experience not to be missed!

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