Thredbo ski resort has banned tobogganing - and people are furious

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One of Australia’s most popular ski resorts, Thredbo, has announced a ban on toboggans and “other miscellaneous snow sliding equipment associated with ‘Snow Play'” in its lease area, just a week out from the start of the ski season.

In a dour announcement on its website, the resort said it was “to maximise safety for guests, employees, and resort property” and “No enquiries will be entertained from toboggan or miscellaneous snow sliding equipment users”.

The company, owned by ASX-listed Event Hospitality & Entertainment, which also owns the Rydges hotels chain and several cinema brands, including Greater Union, said that it was “an observed trend of guests taking toboggans and miscellaneous snow sliding equipment onto ski runs”, which increased the risk collision and “falling off of the equipment”.

“We acknowledge that tobogganing is a favourite winter pastime, however it also has inherent risk as there is limited ability to control the equipment being used,” the statement said.

Sledding was described as “very dangerous”.

This prohibition includes any area under the ownership or control of Thredbo.

Rival Perisher prohibits toboggans on its ski slopes, but has a designated toboggan slope located beside Perisher Valley Car Park on Pipers Ridge.

Selwyn in Victoria also has a designated toboggan area which costs $15 for the whole day, a price that includes a toboggan.

Mt Hotham was keen to point out it’s still cool with them.

Corin Forest in the ACT has $5 2.5 hours toboggan sessions on its slopes.

But news of the Thredbo ban sparked outrage on social media and accusations that the business is seeking to capitalise on its investment by banning a low-cost past-time. Others queried why, if control was the issue, snowboarders weren’t also banned from the slopes.

Others point out there are plenty of other areas in the park where they can still be used:

And the residents seem non-plussed

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