The AVSC Sport Swap benefiting Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Bank of Colorado parking lot in El Jebel across from City Market.
People will be able to buy and sell alpine, snowboard, telemark and nordic equipment, clothing, bikes, camping gear and much more. Admission is free. All proceeds benefit the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit. Call 970 205-5107 to reserve your space.
The Tempus Jets USPA World Snow Polo Championships is scheduled to land in Aspen on Dec. 15-16 the Marolt Open Space.
Some of polo’s biggest players will be there, including Carlos Gracida and his son Carlitos, John Gobin, Tommy Biddle and Alan Martinez.
Snow polo was first introduced in 1985 at the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland. The World Snow Polo Championship is the only snow polo tournament in North America that is sanctioned by the United States Polo Association.
It is a modified version of polo, where games are played on a snow-packed arena surrounded by fencing, keeping the ball in play. Teams are comprised of three players, as opposed to four in regulation polo. Play consists of four seven-minute chukkas (periods) and horses (polo ponies) are shod with special cleated shoes to provide better traction. The ball is larger, lighter and bright red to accommodate winter conditions.
The tournament will consist of four teams who will compete in a two-day single elimination tournament to win the coveted USPA championship.