AT WHITE TURF, THE SNOW MUST GO ON

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Several million liters of water have been pumped out of Lake St. Moritz to make snow for Switzerland’s most lucrative equestrian event with half a million francs in prize money. But unseasonably warm weather still forced the cancellation of the skijoring race on the first weekend of White Turf. Exclusive to St. Moritz, the race draws tens of thousands of well-heeled fans to the Swiss resort town to see riders on skis pulled by thoroughbreds around the frozen lake. Organizers have been taking extra precautions since 2017, when a fissure in the ice caused the fatal fall of one horse.

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At White Turf, the snow must go on
Several million liters of water have been pumped out of Lake St. Moritz to make snow for Switzerland’s most lucrative equestrian event with half a million francs in prize money. But unseasonably warm weather still forced the cancellation of the skijoring race on the first weekend of White Turf. Exclusive to St. Moritz, the race draws tens of thousands of well-heeled fans to the Swiss resort town to see riders on skis pulled by thoroughbreds around the frozen lake. Organizers have been taking extra precautions since 2017, when a fissure in the ice caused the fatal fall of one horse.

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