Countess Jacqueline de Ribes

This is the weekend of the superdazzling Corviglia Club's 75th or Diamond Jubilee ... The First Lady comes to town ... Cindy keeps her clothes on.

This is the weekend of the superdazzling, glittering, unbelievably chic Corviglia Club’s 75th or Diamond Jubilee. The Corviglia in St. Moritz and the swells who have belonged to this exclusive ski club for years relish their exclusivity, as do the newer members (supposedly “corviglia” means a bird that flies high in the sky — but you knew that).

The club, founded in the Thirties, is still, after all these years, one of the most glamorous sporting clubs in Europe. Its roster includes royals, aristocrats, European blue bloods and a sprinkling of Americans (Drue Heinz comes to mind). As you read here, the highlights of the weekend are the Jubilee Fun Race, complete with couples dressed in Thirties ski gear skiing down the mountain, and the Diamond Jubilee Ball, where the young and the not so young celebrating in white tie and diamonds keep alive “a spirit of elitism” and are happy to do so. Ten guests will arrive from Paris, and others from Spain and Germany.

The weekend includes a Bavarian dinner at Chalet attended by “the superaristocracy of the century.” The Corviglia itself is run by Rolf Sachs, the son of Gunter Sachs, the automotive heir and immensely rich one-time world-class playboy who was married to Brigitte Bardot, should you care. Each year since its inception, the club has chosen a “Glamour Girl” from its membership. She should be well known, well-liked, of a good family, beautiful and sportif because, listen, she has to ski down that mountain like a pro, which, as I recall, involves leading an entourage of other members carrying flaming torches and what have you. Among these glamour girls is the enchanting Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, a social queen of Paris and perhaps the most famous of the lot, being, along with her other attributes, a trophy-winning skier. Glamour Girls through the years also have included such beauties as Marella Agnelli, Lita Livanos, Tina Onassis, Alexandra Theodoracopulos and Dolores Guinness.

Years ago, the life members of the Club always spent two months in St. Moritz. They would bring their own maids, their own physiotherapists and their own mistresses, who were all said to keep them very happy indeed.

This story first appeared in the February 4, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.


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