Thredbo accused of cash grab after toboggan ban
NOW you've really done it, Thredbo. You've upset the tobogganers.
On Wednesday, the alpine village and ski resort in the Snowy Mountains, 2.5 hours outside Canberra, announced that the age-old, cheap-as-dirt, family-friendly activity was BANNED.
To ram home the point, Thredbo put a tobogganer inside a red circle with a diagonal line through her.
"To maximise safety for guests, employees, and resort property, Thredbo prohibits the use of toboggans and other mischellanous snow sliding equipment that is associated with 'Snow Play' within our leasehold area," Thredbo's website declared.
"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 is our number one concern."
Message received, but not well received. This is a sprinkling of the some of the hysteria on social media.
"WTF. Tobogganing is dangerous."
"Aren't illicit drugs in the village a bigger issue?"
All good points. Families who don't want to fork out for a lift pass or ski lessons or a snowboard are up in arms. Some have gone so far as to call it a cash grab.
"Thredbo and Perisher have banned tobogganing for the ski season," Lisa Benham wrote on Facebook.
"Guess we won't be taking our little ones to the snow this year. Apparently it's dangerous … Really?? More than skiing? Oh wait, you don't need a lift pass to do it."
She ended her post with a pair of hashtags, #moneyhungry and #dollarsnotsense.
ABC News correspondent Siobhan Heanue wrote on Twitter: "Next they'll ban snow fights. So many families take the drive up to the resorts and muck around in the snow because they can't afford to ski. Fun police and class police at work here."
But others say it's about time.
"Thredbo just does not have the room for the snow play," Anthony McRae wrote.
"I witnessed too many people taking their toboggans up the bottom of the run. This is a nightmare for skiers coming down that run. I say good on Thredbo."
Craig Cleal was on board with the idea, too.
"Great, the things are out of control accidents waiting to happen."
The policy comes a little over a week out from the winter 2018 opening weekend at Thredbo, starting June 9.