Ski trippers get a second chance

by Andrea Iseman
Life Reporter
Published: January 24, 2008

Despite peeing in elevators, hotboxing hotel rooms and breaking down doors, Humber’s ski and snowboard club will hold their annual ski trip this weekend at Mont Tremblant Resort.

Club member Matt Hayes practises his technique while throwing back a cold one. Photo courtesy Blaise Dunn

Club member Matt Hayes practises his technique while throwing back a cold one. Photo courtesy Blaise Dunn

“Originally we were told last year that we were blacklisted,” said first- year media studies student Tyler Mattioli, 21. “I used a fake name at first to book the hotel, but then they just said they didn’t care.”

This year, organizers are charging students $35 more because last year’s damages exceeded $2,500.

Commotion caused by the club at the hotel even forced some guests to move to another area in it, said third-year industrial design student Logan Ullyott, 21, president of the North Campus club.

“As I am walking back to my room after the bar I see eight cop cars outside the hotel,” Ullyott said. “The hotel staff was yelling ‘I want everyone out of here now.’”

Eventually students were allowed to stay and a house arrest was imposed while hotel security walked the halls to monitor activities, he said.

This year, the hotel said the club was asked to provide a cash deposit not only for potential damages, but to teach students there are consequences for irresponsible actions.

“We are going to hire more security agents when they come,” said Virginie Barbeau, communications coordinator at Mont Tremblant Resort. “About one security agent for every 50 students.”

Ullyott said HSF is aware of the damages the club caused last year, and does not seem to care. It continues to fund the club and provide help with renting buses for the trip.

“Because they had certain people that decided to do stupid things, we are not necessarily going to penalize the entire club,” said Aaron Miller, programming director at HSF.

He said he is not concerned the club’s actions will smear Humber’s name. Events held off-campus are not HSF sanctioned and the college is not liable for any damages to people or property.

Even if the club receives $1,000 in special event funding, the money would be for costs already incurred, not for damage reimbursements.

“I have no problem with them. I get along with them well,” said Miller.

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