It was the children of the 1980s that began to establish the mini bob as a piece of sports equipment and a sporting discipline in its own right. They flew down the pistes at ever greater and more daring speeds. People met up with friends not to toboggan but to go "Zipfl racing". This involved riding the mini bob through forests on closed tobogganing slopes or on downhill and slalom runs on ski pistes.
At the turn of the millennium, the first mini bob/Zipflbob clubs were established and the first professional races held.