White Turf: A Very Special Racing Spectacle
Set in the majestic surroundings of St. Moritz, the White Turf event reminds us of royal courts and coronation days. Every year since 1990, this skikjöring spectacular has culminated in the crowning of a king: on the final Sunday, the competitor with the most points over all three races is awarded the prestigious Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy and the title "King of the Engadine."
The first skikjöring event was held back in 1906, when riders would race the route from St. Moritz to Champfèr and back, not en masse as they do today, but setting off at one-minute intervals. Not only has the nature of the race itself changed since those early days, but also the accompanying event elements such as live music, art, and gourmet cuisine have become an important part of the White Turf experience. This successful mix has been key to the international appeal of the event.
In order for an event like White Turf to continue to go from strength to strength, it takes dependable partners such as Credit Suisse, who has been a staunch supporter for more than 40 years. Such a long partnership is exceptional, and is a testament to the incredible collaboration that has developed over the decades, in which each understands what the other needs, shares the same ambitious long-term goals, and enjoys working together. Credit Suisse also contributed to another White Turf highlight in 2016. In addition to the generous cash prize, the overall winner of the Credit Suisse Skikjöring Trophy – the "King of the Engadine" – is presented with the Credit Suisse King's Cup trophy. The three individual daily winners each receive a smaller version of the trophy. To mark the occasion, the internationally renowned young Swiss artists Bastien Aubry and Dimitri Broquard were commissioned by Credit Suisse to create the special 40th anniversary Credit Suisse King's Cup for White Turf. The pure ceramic trophy is a lasting memento for the skikjöring champion to treasure – a cup fit for a king.