Animal Chalet? Frat Boys Destroy Ski Lodge

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Skiing before the rampage. Treetops Resort file photo

In an event worthy of a wintery “Animal House” remake, the University of Michigan’s Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity has been permanently disbanded by its parent organization after causing almost $500,000 of damage to a Michigan ski resort.

The ruling came after the university had already handed down a four-year banishment to the fraternity.

Frat houses and chaos… hallway on right after the damage. Busted ceiling tiles litter the floor

Redefining the term “apré ski,” 120 members of the frat and its sister sorority damaged 45 rooms during a weekend party at the Treetops Ski Resort in January. The students smashed celling tiles, bashed in exit signs, kicked doors off their hinges, and soiled carpeting.

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The coffee pot was spared

Photos from the resort show rooms trashed with beer cans, broken furniture, broken windows, and holes in the drywall. We’ve been to some fairly epic parties in our day, but the carnage left behind by the Sigma Alpha Mu bros makes us wonder if these guys didn’t channel the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson for inspiration.

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Hundreds of thousands of dollars in estimated damage to the property

Local authorities are still deciding whether or not to press charges against the rowdy partiers, who we are guessing must still be hung over two months later.

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Shut down: Michigan’s Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house

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Eric is a contributing writer based in Bozeman, MT. An avid climber, mountain biker, backpacker, and snowboarder, he earned his degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. When not living the GearJunkie life, he can be found exploring the Montana backcountry.

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