Feb 5, 2012

Ski trip damage to resort was “leagues beyond anything caused by any other university”

The poster for the 2012 ski trip.

Jack Leahy
Deputy News Editor

The University Times has learned that this year’s Dublin University Snow Sports Club trip to Les Arcs in France resulted in damage to accommodation described by the club as “leagues beyond anything caused by any other university.”Following a number of high-profile incidents on the 2011 trip, it was understood that the 2012 visit to the same resort had passed without major incident after a concerted effort by the club committee to discourage reckless behaviour. However, in an email sent to all participants on the 2012 trip, the club told that the damage caused to the group’s accommodation was “considerably worse than last year”.The situation has led to difficulties in returning deposits to skiers as the club attempt to resolve a number of issues with the residence and the resort. DUSSC used the email to issue a plea to those with outstanding damage costs to make the necessary payments, requesting that all trip-goers who “have been asked to pay for damages that exceed your deposit [to] do this as soon as possible so that everyone else on the trip can get their money back”.

The national media reaction to the reckless behavior of a separate group of UCD and Trinity students during the 2011 trip played heavily on the minds of the 2011/12 DUSSC committee, with the Junior Dean addressing all those who signed up to attend. Club correspondence throughout the year has stressed that misdemeanours may result in a prohibition on any future trips.

In the same email, the club expressed its disappointment at the destructive conduct of a number of attendees:


From our perspective, it is an incredible shame that after everything that happened last year, and the year of hard work put in by committee, the building was still treated with such little respect. [The club knows] that many of you feel you have been charged unfairly. However, Trinity were the only residents in the building so the damage was caused by someone.

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  • Shane Jones

    What’s the point of this article?

    kinda sensationalist..

    • Jack Leahy

      What’s sensationalist exactly? It’s based around an email sent by the club themselves, of which basically all the text is included. I don’t see what’s blown out of proportion and the fact that the club has made a huge effort to try stomp out this stuff is also included.

  • SUJL

    Is that really news worthy? People didn’t clean their rooms! Oh no

  • Angela Byrne

    Ski trip causes damage? I’m shocked.

  • Paul Curran

    Jack Leahy writes trashy articles? I’m shocked.

    • Jack Leahy

      Internet poster has confidence to say something he wouldn’t in person? I’m shocked.

  • Conor

    trying to get another scandalous ski trip article again? try again Leahy

  • James

    Here we go, University Times writes another pointless ski trip related article.

  • SM

    I wonder how many criticisers of this article have outstanding damage costs?

  • http://Idon'thaveawebsite Stephen Dent-Neville

    “Following a number of high-profile incidents on the 2011 trip, it was understood that the 2012 visit to the same resort had passed without major incident”.

    The 2012 trip was to Les Arcs, whereas last year’s trip was to Les Deux Alpes. Other than that minor error this is one of the best articles I’ve read in years.

  • S

    Don’t think this one will be winning any student media awards, hate to break it to you

  • Kelly Shlater

    Hey guys, c’mon, why all the angst?

    The media is free for us all. Let us all write more stuff in a creative way. Really spiritual and free… and creative.

    Skiing is free. The mountain is free Ski passes are free. Damage is by the by… ya know?

    Come on the TCD surf trip next time guys. It’s radical, bodacious, gnarly and zen. It’s free.

    You guys heard of Billabong? They should call a mountain Billabong.

    Karma is a bitch. Ride the sea

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  • David

    Children. Can’t go on holiday without destroying the place? All deposits should rightly be withheld until damages are paid for.

  • Lack Jeahy

    I was under the impression that the problem with last year’s ski trip was the behaviour of a small number of sociopaths engaged in a competition to determine the biggest tosser. There wasn’t, as far as I remember, too much focus on deposits not being returned as a result of damage done. Therefore to state that the damage caused this year was “considerably worse” than last year isn’t really a fair comparison. I can see why some people are making accusations of sensationalism, you are trying to make a link between damage caused this year with the reprehensible behaviour last year. This is, in my opinion, a pretty tenuous argument.

    • Martin

      I think the link is that we regularly hear about Irish students being immature and unreliable abroad.

  • Christopher Scillachi

    It’s about time that Trinity stomped down on the Ski Trip. While it may come under the guise of a sporting event, it’s a gigantic piss up for Trinity’s wealthiest with the negatives failing to outweigh the positives as they fail to represent the college while they are away.

  • http://bbcsport Ben

    don’t really have a comment….

    • Robert McCoy

      Well then don’t.

  • Seabass

    Perhaps for next years ski trip, there could be an organised ‘jump off a huge cliff’ competition, to see who can fall the furthest? It seems that the various ski lodges of the Alps would be in favour of this, anyway.

  • Hugh

    “Ski trip causes damage? I’m shocked.”

    Well in the real world when people go on a ski holiday to a resort and cause damage severe enough to warrant the retention of deposits people are shocked. When people behave badly and damage the resort they’re visiting, people are shocked. Normal people that is. I’m amazed that the reaction to this fairly cautious, treading-lightly article is dismissive and scornful. Are Trinity students not embarrassed when this stuff happens?

  • FrankJ

    As a mature student at Trinity, I am a little annoyed by some of the responses. In fairness to the author, he is merely highlighting facts which make embarrasing reading for the Students who represent the college. This is newsworthy in that it is a repeat of the previous years carry on. Its incredible to think that after causing damage to property some students believe this is normal behaviour. Stand up and take responsibilty for your actions(including forfeiting your deposit)and grow up.

  • An Onomyous

    No you grow up mature student!

  • Lack Jeahy

    FrankJ, you have inadvertently highlighted the problem with Leahy’s article. You state,

    “This is newsworthy in that it is a repeat of the previous years carry on”

    First, this was not a repeat of last years carry on, far from it. Last year students were reprimanded for, among other things, graffiti in the form of a swastika, conspicuously burning money, treating staff in a degrading manner and alleged sexual assault. It is lamentable that the trip this year resulted in record-breaking damages but to categorise both sets of behaviour as being the same is frankly wrong. The behaviour of students last year was, to be literal, criminal. Indeed, some of the damage caused this year may equally be categorised as criminal, however, I don’t think anyone would argue that incitement to racial hatred and sexual assault are commensurate in their severity. This is clearly reflected in the difference in sentencing for the respective offences.

    Secondly, I do not blame you for making the error that I have just highlighted because this article gives that impression. Mr Leahy, possibly deliberately, though more likely through carelessness has given the impression that students causing damage and losing their deposits is in some way the same as the behaviour last year.