Chewbacca gets violent in Thredbo, man charged.

A man dressed as Star Wars character, Chewbacca, allegedly bashed a Thredbo Resort worker last weekend according to numerous news sites today.

Seriously? What is wrong with people? Insert a thousand Star Wars jokes here. I know you want to. But here’s the thing, there is absolutely no need or cause for violence at the snow. No lift line, no powder bowl, no traffic jam is worth getting angry to the point of biffo over and as we all know, all it takes is one coward punch and two lives (and then some) are ruined.

Word is that Chewbacca hit a Thredbo Resort staff member with a snowboard, not once, not twice but enough times to create both facial and dental injuries. Really? There are children in ski resorts people, children.

We don’t need violence at our snow fields. Skiing and snowboarding is about joy and laughter and fun and friends not fighting for your life at the hands of a fellow skier or snowboarder.

A man has been arrested after an assault at an alpine resort in Thredbo this morning.

About 10am today (Saturday 12 August 2017), police will allege a 51-year-old man, dressed in a costume, repeatedly struck a staff member with a snowboard at the Alpine Way resort in the Kosciusko National Park.

The staff member, a 55-year-old man, suffered facial and dental injuries.

Police attached to the Monaro Local Area Command attended and arrested the 51-year-old man.

He was taken to Jindabyne Police Station where he is assisting with police enquiries.

The incident happened mid morning last Saturday and the man in Chewbacca question can be seen across Instagram in a number of photo posts by those wanting a pic with him. We won’t post them here lest those who don’t know his identity get tainted with the same brush just for wanting a novelty picture. We also won’t be posting the pics he has put up on his own social media feeds.

Violence is not ok. In or out of character. At or out of the snow.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017, a former columnist for Mountainwatch and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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