Thredbo ‘fun police’ ban toboggans

Tim Benson 31 May 2018 68

Not on: Thredbo says toboggans are a safety risk and will no longer be allowed in the resort area.

“Kosciuszko Thredbo (KT) are prohibiting the use of toboggans or any like sliding devices across the entire resort area,” the statement said. Is this an April Fools joke I thought to myself. Nope, for real, these ‘fun police’ have actually banned toboggans within their leasehold area (full policy below)***.

Sometimes my wife says to me that ‘if I keep shaking my head it will fall off’, well I can tell you that, upon hearing this lunacy, along with a lot of solid face palms ‘it bloody well nearly did’.

'Kosciuszko Thredbo (KT) are prohibiting the use of toboggans or any like sliding devices across the entire resort area'. Image from the Thredbo website.

Image from the Thredbo website.

Let me get this straight. At Thredbo you can ski down the mountain in the dark with lit flares but you can’t put your kid on a toboggan and let them experience a cheap and accessible activity in the snow.

And according to the official Thredbo website, images of skiers and snowboarders leaping off mountains and being upside down 40 feet in the air is OK but putting your kid on a toboggan and dragging them around or pushing them down a gentle slope is ‘dangerous’. Following are images that are on the official Thredbo website:

Image from the Thredbo website.

Image from the Thredbo website.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think the people above are showing exceptional skill and should be allowed to continue to do these amazing things. But they are, without a doubt done at considerable risk, and with an element of danger …

I must say, as skier, who is at Thredbo every weekend of the ski season, I have never been run into by someone on a toboggan. I have frequently been run into by out of control skiers and snowboarders and show offs on intermediate runs going a million miles an hour.

So, for the love of sanity, can someone reverse this massive public relations disaster in the making?

PS – Multiple calls were made to Kosciuszko Thredbo for more information and comment with no success. And to be honest I don’t blame them – who would want to have to defend this decision?

***Thredbo Tobogganing Policy

To maximise safety for guests, employees, and resort property, Thredbo prohibits the use of toboggans and other miscellaneous snow sliding equipment that is associated with “Snow Play” within our leasehold area.

Thredbo acknowledges it is a favourite winter pastime, however it can also be very dangerous. An observed trend of guests is taking toboggans and miscellaneous snow sliding equipment onto ski runs has increased the risk of:

  1. A collision with another sled, vehicle, skier or snowboarder;
  2. Loss of control of the equipment;
  3. Falling off of the equipment; and
  4. Collision with natural and man-made objects

This prohibition includes any area under the ownership or control of Thredbo. This policy applies to all members of the public, staff, sublessees and volunteers. No enquiries will be entertained from toboggan or miscellaneous snow sliding equipment users.

All staff play a role in the implementation of this policy and subsequent elimination of these risks to our guests.

What do you think of Kosciuszko Thredbo prohibiting the use of toboggans or any like sliding devices across the entire resort area?

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68 Responses to Thredbo ‘fun police’ ban toboggans
Garry Carr Garry Carr 3:34 pm 03 Jun 18

You ought to see me heading towards a line of skiers at top speed on skies. Out of the way, coming through!

Jane Stubbs Jane Stubbs 9:39 pm 01 Jun 18

The bean counters have been busy...😡

Karl Edmondson Karl Edmondson 10:50 am 01 Jun 18

Sliding slowly at ground level on soft snow is absolutely less dangerous than walking down the stairs to the thredbo bathrooms in ski boots.

simplissimus46 simplissimus46 10:02 am 01 Jun 18

Money drives everything. Let’s see what economic impact the decision will have on Thredbo businesses, but inevitably it’s all rather futile given global warming.

Donna Richards Donna Richards 9:29 am 01 Jun 18

I would agree with alex..

Alex Hunter Carr Alex Hunter Carr 8:57 am 01 Jun 18

They’ve probably done it because too many people go skidding at top speed into trees and other people with no control.

    Mike Long Mike Long 9:44 am 01 Jun 18

    I can't disagree with you Alex as I don't know I am relying on a local journo who said most of the complaints were coming from local shop keepers saying that they were taking up car parking space (Day Trippers) but it was the only resort to ban them.

Mike Long Mike Long 8:52 am 01 Jun 18

The Shop keepers complain that day trippers do not buy goods in shops, don't stay for meals most don't even buy coffee but they take up room in the car park, well I hope the day trippers stay away and you get even less trade

Carole Ford Carole Ford 7:55 am 01 Jun 18

It's all about money, they want the most they can make in the limited season and toboggans don't pay to walk up a slope that wouldn't be in use anyway!!! Toboggans are no more dangerous than wild, crazy snow boarders, but oh no, snow boarders have to pay to use the pommer lines to get up the slope. If you can risk skiing or snow boarding you can risk tobogganing as well.

Alexx Arctophile Alexx Arctophile 7:40 am 01 Jun 18

We're our own damn responsibility

Wes Dempsey Wes Dempsey 6:39 am 01 Jun 18

With people banning everything everywhere why isn’t the world getting any better?

GZD GZD 6:27 am 01 Jun 18

At the end of the day KT are running a business. There are limited resources with respect to parking, staff and the need to make snow. One must respect their commercial decision as the weekend punters who only go to toboggan generally spend less as consumers. Families were also ignoring the signs and trying to toboggan on Friday Flat!

There are other places to take your kids tobogganing. The world isn’t going to end because you can’t take them to Thredbo.

Allan AJ Allan AJ 11:20 pm 31 May 18

Sit them on a snowboard and do the same thing. That’s sit down snowboarding not tobogganing

David Eichner David Eichner 10:19 pm 31 May 18

It's because you don't pay to toboggan

Ken Quilty Ken Quilty 8:57 pm 31 May 18

Yep, the fun police are absolutely nuts

Thanh Vu Thanh Vu 8:54 pm 31 May 18

Toboggans = no money so it’s very dangerous to business 😉

But how about families???? They don’t care 🙂

Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy 8:25 pm 31 May 18

Bloody stupid

pdpd pdpd 8:24 pm 31 May 18

Drive past 5km to Dead Horse Gap

Chris Abell Chris Abell 7:50 pm 31 May 18

It certainly has its risks, but most snow based activity does.. sounds like someone is sad they are missing out on $$

Selina Walmsley Selina Walmsley 7:30 pm 31 May 18

Go to Perisher!!

Karl Lommerse Karl Lommerse 7:23 pm 31 May 18

Cooma hospital used to see more serious tobogganing injuries than skiing injuries

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