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    Default Thredbo bans tobogganing at its resort a week out from snow season

    By Han Nguyen

    30 May 2018 — 12:20pm

    Thredbo Kosciuszko has banned tobogganing at its ski resort, just a week out from the official start of the snow season.
    And it appears Perisher is doing so as well.
    A statement on Thredbo's website says the ban is to "maximise safety for guest, employees and resort property".

    Tobogganing has been banned at Thredbo, just a week until the start of the snow season.

    Thredbo prohibits the use of toboggans and other miscellaneous snow sliding equipment that is associated with 'Snow Play' within our leasehold area," the resort said.

    "Thredbo acknowledges it is a favourite winter pastime, however, it can also be very dangerous."

    It introduced the Snow Play area, where tobogganing was previously allowed, in 2014.


    Tobogganing has been banned at Thredbo, just a week until the start of the snow season.
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    The notice on the Thredbo website.
    The resort said the use of tobogganing and "miscellaneous snow sliding equipment" at the snowfield had increased 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.

    In an email to property owners and sub-lessees, supplied to Fairfax Media, Kosciuszko Thredbo said it had "seen an increase in accidents and incidents directly related to toboggans over the last few years" and it made the decision to "impose a blanket prohibition across the entire resort".
    Fairfax Media has approached Thredbo and Perisher for more information about the decision and what prompted the ban.

    Perisher's website says tobogganing can only be done on a designated slope, however, when asked about Thredbo's ban, a spokesman directed Fairfax to another page that says "Tobogganing is currently not available at Perisher. Toboggans are prohibited on all Perisher ski slopes. Tobogganing is dangerous and involves inherent risks."

    For families who wish to find a snowfield that still allows tobogganing, Selwyn Snow Resort and Corin Forest in the Tidbinbilla Range in the ACT, both have their own designated toboggan fields.

    Corin Forest managing director Dane Liepins said he had no plans to ban tobogganing as it was "the best way to introduce snow to first timers".
    "I believe snowplay [tobogganing] is an inseparable part of the Australian snow experience, as snow is so rare in this country," Mr Liepins said.
    "Our aim is to take first timers and convert them into lifelong snow lovers, who will progress to skiing and snowboarding. Without snowplay, this would be a very difficult task."

    He said strict rules were in place to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.
    "We are the first snow area in Australia to have a mandatory helmet policy for skiing and snowboarding, and believe that we have set the standard for snowplay safety."

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/...30-p4zic3.html
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    Default Re: Thredbo bans tobogganing at its resort a week out from snow season

    Sounds a bit harsh to me, probably an insurance issue. Thredbo never really had the space for tobogganing anyway.
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