"It's not dangerous to them. Maybe skijoring is dangerous because the horses are not really under control, but otherwise there is no risk."
Franco Moro is a six-time skijoring champion -- and winner of sixteen races. As leader of the St Moritz ski school he can often be found handing out prizes to young skiers.
But when White Turf comes to town, he's aiming for a prize of his own - "King of Engadine" -- for the skijoring competitor who scores the most points over the three weekends.
Skijoring requires expert skiing skills as the jockey is pulled behind a rider-less horse.
"We have not got that much control" said Moro. "Around 20% is the driver's responsibility and 80% is the horse."
One of the hazards is the first bend, where all horses are aiming for the inside track and the curve sends skiers wide. Jockeys often find themselves in the terrifying position of skiing alongside the sprinting horse of the team behind him.
Franco uses his elbows to nudge horses aside -- if a hoof steps on a ski it's enough to end their chances of winning.
In the first race Franco finishes well down the field. But with two more weekends to go, he still has a chance to regain the title he lost last year.
His pedigree in this unusual event is unmatched and only the brave would bet against the former "King of Engadine" regaining his crown.