St. Moritz horse racing White Turf
St. Moritz is famous for being a place for the rich. It is said, that many Russians (rich ones of course) like to be here during Russian Christmas. All year round many rich people stay here. But St. Moritz is in Switzerland and my country is famous for its discretion. So you don’t really see on the streets, which ones are the rich and which ones are the not so rich, because all the people that go St. Moritz, like to dress up.
People from the Engadin (that’s the name of the valley) have done something for their tourism and so – besides many other attractions – St. Moritz has its own bob run and there also is the white turf. It’s an horse race event that takes place in February on the surface of the frozen St. Moritz lake. In February 2010 I was there and made some pictures, which you can see in this article.
Besides watching the St. Moritz horse racing called White Turf some people like to show off their expensive fur coats and it’s a place to meet and make business (similar to the “In”-golf clubs all around the globe).
But don’t be scared. St. Moritz is also a place for normal people to enjoy a day at the sun. Just the hotel prices are over the top, but getting a coffee and a cake or something similar is about the same price range as in Zurich (which is about double the average Western European prices).
For more information on St. Moritz have a look here.
If you arrive from the South you have to cross the Bernina pass. It is open all winter and a wonderful sight.
This is a view from St. Moritz onto the lake
And here is a set of pictures of the lake and the horse races
–> Strange: A dog with his own fur
–> The only man I ever saw with a fur coat.
–> I guess you can make good pictures with such a camera. 🙂
This is a picture of the entrance to St. Moritz town.
Fascinating. I have been horse racing many times and seen races on grass as well as sand but never snow! Its a wonder no horses slip over!