Don’t Try This at Home: Champagne Sabering Ceremony at the St. Regis
Champagne is something we don’t drink often enough. Traditionally Champagne is the beverage of choice for celebrations, and I don’t know about you but I tend to only pull out a bottle for the big things. When there is a new job or promotion, a wedding, a new baby or a new home, out comes the bubbly. My European friends on the other hand, will pop open the cork simply for a beautiful afternoon to enjoy together. They know how to celebrate life every day.
My husband Jay and I, along with some good friends, decided to follow the European tradition and celebrate a beautiful evening in Park City. We headed to Deer Valley and took the Funicular up the mountain to the St. Regis to enjoy the nightly Champagne Sabering Ceremony. I figure, if you are going to enjoy champagne, why not enjoy the pageantry of the sabering ceremony while taking in the view of my favorite ski runs from deck of the St. Regis?
As often happens in the mountains on a beautiful clear evening, a cloud appeared and sent droplets of rain on all of us. Though we easily could have gone inside, we stayed out on the deck with a few other adventuresome patrons and ducked under the substantial umbrellas until it passed over. It was worth the wait as the sky cleared up and the St. Regis Butler jumped onto a large boulder with a champagne bottle in one hand and a saber in the other.
In the blink of an eye, he sheared the top of the champagne bottle clean off. At first, I thought he had sliced the cork and it popped off because I’d never seen this before. Under closer inspection, the sword indeed had sliced cleanly through the neck of the bottle. After holding the heavy and very sharp saber myself, I could see how it could be done.
Though I wouldn’t recommend trying this at home but watching at the St. Regis mountainside deck with good friends, definitely!
The St. Regis Champagne Sabering Ceremony is held every evening on the deck. Contact the hotel for more information. The gorgeous views and the champagne are complimentary.