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Experience the world exclusive skikjöring races live!

Every February, White Turf in St. Moritz attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. The highlight of the three racing Sundays is always the spectacular skikjöring races. In skikjöring, intrepid skiers allow themselves to be pulled over the frozen Lake St. Moritz by thoroughbred horses. Credit Suisse is proud to have been a supporter of this unique event in the Upper Engadine for over 40 years.

The skikjörers reach speeds of nearly 60 kilometers per hour as they tear over the snow-capped racetrack. At these speeds, it is not only necessary to have equestrian knowledge and good skiing technique, but also a grain of composure. Men have been proving their valor here every winter since the early 20th century. Points are calculated for each race, and the skier with the most points after all three races is crowned the "King of the Engadine." However, victory at White Turf is no longer a purely male domain: For the first time in racing history, a woman, Valeria Holinger, was crowned "Queen of the Engadine" in 2017. And it wasn't a one-off event – Holinger also triumphed in 2018 with her thoroughbred mare, Usbekia. Now it remains to be seen if this St. Moritz native can defend her title this year as well.

Skikjöring in 360º – Visit our virtual reality stand

Would you like to see for yourself what it takes to be a skikjörer? If so, simply visit the Credit Suisse stand on site during White Turf. We'll place you in the middle of the racetrack directly behind the horse in our 360º experience. In addition, you'll also have the opportunity to get to know the skikjörers personally during our autograph session and snap a picture of yourself in the middle of the action using our selfie wall.

An amazing team

For an event like White Turf to continue to grow and develop, it needs dependable partners such as Credit Suisse, which has been a staunch supporter for more than 40 years. Such a long partnership is exceptional. To mark the 40th anniversary of this partnership, Credit Suisse also contributed to another White Turf highlight by creating a new trophy in 2016: the "King of the Engadine" – that is, the overall winner of the Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy – receives the "Credit Suisse King’s Cup" in addition to the prize money. The three winners of each day's race also receive a smaller version of the trophy. The internationally renowned Swiss artist duo Aubry/Broquard was commissioned by Credit Suisse to create this exceptional trophy especially for White Turf.