When a University of Michigan frat trashed a ski resort, initial damage estimates were around $75,000. After further assessing the damage, Treetops Resort says they’re now estimating $430,000 in damage.

Patricia Montemurri and Robert Allen report at the Detroit Free Press:

Treetops Resort: Fraternity damage could top $400,000

One day after the University of Michigan sanctioned Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity for wreckage wrought by out-of-control partying at Treetops Resort, the Gaylord resort’s general manager said the price tag for the destruction is about $430,000, four times the original estimate.

“If you just look at our out-of-pocket expenses, things we’ve paid to contractors, third parties, it’s around $230,000. It doesn’t take into consideration management time or damage to the resort’s reputation. Our accountants and attorneys are saying that this could be up to an additional $200,000,” Barry Owens, Treetops general manager, said in an e-mail statement Saturday.

“We’re now talking a total of $430,000,” he said.

Added to that, Owens said he had reason to believe the fraternity might not pay the resort for the destruction.

“It also has become evident that the fraternity representatives have suggested that they are unwilling to pay for the damage that they caused the resort,” Owens said in the statement. He could not be reached for further explanation.

Treetops spokeswoman Susan Wilcox Olson said Saturday that Sigma Alpha Mu has paid $25,000 toward restitution but also said a representative has told Treetops that the fraternity is “unwilling to accept liability and pay restitution.”