In a move that has sparked considerable internet outrage, Thredbo Ski Resort in Australia has formally enacted a “Tobogganing Policy“banning tobogganing and all associated “snow play”equipment anywhere on resort property.
Social media backlash has questioned whether the sledding prohibition is really to improve guest safety or just an effort to curb free activities and make people pay for more lift tickets. Whichever it is, better leave the saucers and snowtubes in Sydney.
HERE IS THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THREDBO:
“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.
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 safety of our guests and staff is our number one concern.
An observed trend of guests taking toboggans and miscellaneous snow sliding equipment onto ski runs has increased the risk of:
- A collision with another sled, vehicle, skier or snowboarder;
- Loss of control of the equipment;
- Falling off of the equipment; and
- 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.”
images from Thredbo Ski Resort