Blog post highlights:
- According to the Central Pacific Ski Club website, CPSC has over 1,000 members and it is currently the second largest collegiate ski club in the nation.
- The club was founded in 1941.
- It is $35 for new members to join the club and $30 for returning members. By joining the club you get access to awesome local parties, discounts at many local businesses, a free t-shirt and best of all you are eligible to go on ski trips with the club.
- The club goes on 7-8 trips per season and one of the trips known as “big trip” is a week long and happens at the beginning of Cal Poly’s winter break.
If you’re a college age student that enjoys skiing/snowboarding, traveling, pub crawls, streaking, wild parties and sex, then you should join the Central Pacific Ski Club(CPSC). This club used to be called the Cal Poly Ski Club but it got banned from Cal Poly State University because members got too wild and the school didn’t like it. They changed their name to Central Pacific Ski Club so the legendary club could continue to thrive.
The highlight of CPSC is the snow season because that’s when they go on trips to awesome snow resorts. During the snow trips members have the opportunity to ride the slopes all day and party when they’re done. The club goes on seven to eight trips per season.
According to the CPSC website, they are currently the second largest ski club in the nation. This is quite surprising to me seeing as the club isn’t located anywhere near the snow. In addition, their membership continues to grow. What they do have going for them is the club is run out of “the happiest city in America!”
“My favorite part about CPSC is there’s really no limit to what we can do,” said CPSC president Max Chellemi. “There’s just such a broad culture in CPSC. We’re really passionate about snow and having fun, so we do everything we can to do it safely and be responsible.”
The first encounter I had with CPSC was in 2009 when I went to my friend’s house and he was hosting the “big trip deposit party.” He told me to come over and when I got to the front of his house, people that I had never seen before said I couldn’t come in because my name wasn’t on the list. I told them my friend that lives at the house invited me over and that I hangout there regularly. They absolutely didn’t want me to come in because I wasn’t a club member or going on the trip but my friend came to the front and told them to let me through.
The “big trip deposit party” is held for all the people who turn in their deposit for the big ski trip that the club goes on each year. The party is put on so that members can have a great time meeting each other before they all go on the big trip.
When I walked in to the 2009 “big trip deposit party,” I was in awe of how crazy the party was. There was an ice luge that kids were pouring alcohol down. They were racing to see who could drink the fastest. Between beer, wine and hard liquor, there seemed to be an endless supply of alcohol. There was even talk of a college professor coming over to drink! Everyone there was getting as inebriated as they possibly could. People were screaming, laughing, puking, you name it, and it was probably happening.
My friend told me that he wasn’t worried if the party got busted up because CPSC would cover any fines resulting from the party. When I heard this, I was like wow, this club doesn’t mess around when it comes to throwing parties. However, regardless of CPSC paying the noise violation fines, my friend eventually had to move out of his house because of having too many warnings.
The “big trip” reveal event 2011:
The “big trip” destination is kept secret from everyone until the reveal event is held. The event occured on Oct. 6 this year at Fremont Theatre. This event is free and open to the public because they use it to promote the club and to show newcomers what the club is all about. It was one of the most fun events i’ve ever attended by far the craziest thing i’ve ever see go on in a movie theater.
The event kicked off with a hysterical short film that the CPSC staff made. The film showed past years “big trips” and after everyone was exploding with curiosity, we finally found out that this years “big trip” is to Aspen, Colorado. In the video it showed the CPSC staff rushing to get ready to come to the theater. In one segment, one of the staffers is shown getting out of bed in a man thong and stumbling to make it to the reveal event on time. When the movie shows all the staff pulling up to the Fremont, they all ran into the theater and everyone in the audience cheered.
When staff members were being introduced, they would make harsh jokes about each other and some of them would chug beers while reciting introductions. People in the audience screamed “take your clothes off” and all kinds of hilarious stuff. I laughed thinking they were only kidding, however, to my surprise, people actually did get naked before the event was over.
They had games like strip musical chairs, which team could make the longest rope out of clothes in a designated amount of time, who could get on stage and pop a condom first and all kinds of shenanigans. They gave thousands of dollars of free gear out to the people competing in the hilariously entertaining games. They also threw so much free schwag out that it literally felt like there was a snow gear storm happening. There were also three dildos randomly placed under chairs and the people who found them under their chair were given free snowboards. Some of the girls in the audience screamed that they wanted the vibrators from the guys who got them. To finish the event off, they gave a free snowboard to the first girl that showed her “cones.”
This is a picture that I took on my friend's camera phone at the "big trip" reveal event. This is the winning team of the longest clothes rope competition. The young man on the left stripped down to his boxers, the young woman wearing the purple bra refused to take off her pants because she wasn't wearing underwear, the woman in the yellow bra had some loose undies on and everyone could see her muff and the guy on the right, well, he just wanted to get fully naked.
A review of the first annual SLO Town Jam:
The SLO Town Jam is the first CPSC event that I’ve been to that was appropriate for all ages and where I actually got to snowboard. The snow was more like ice and the terrain wasn’t designed to be easy to ride but I had a great time and luckily didn’t fall once.
The event took place in the Madonna plaza near Best Buy and Oneway Boardshop. At the event they had djs playing music, lots of free giveaways, a ski competition, a snowboard competition, CPSC membership signups, dance contests, local food. The announcer for the event was absolutely hilarious but he made sure to keep it G rated for all the young kids around.
It was an all around fun event for the community. I learned that CPSC isn’t just about partying like they are commonly known for. CPSC makes many people in the community happy and provides affordable and fun snow trips for college students. Many of the members say they’ve had the best times of their lives on snow trips with CPSCS.
I decided to pay $35 and join the club when I arrived at the booth shown below. To my surprise, I had to fill out an application with questions like: What is your favorite animal? What is your favorite drink? And even…What is your favorite sex position?
“I joined CPSC because I ski and i’m always down to find people who have similar interests,” said CPSC member Zack Burns.
I’m really excited to go snowboarding this season and I think any college age students in the Central Coast area that enjoy snow sports and friendly people should consider joining.
Max Chellemi, the president of CPSC, kneels down in front of the CPSC information booth. The CPSC workers stood at this booth during the entire competition to answer questions and for people to join the club. One of the workers behind the booth is wearing the popular CPSC shirt that says "sorry for partying."
This is a girl in the competition starting to drop in on the icy embankment that leads to the park terrain. The terrain was set up in the Best Buy parking lot. Out of 26 competitors, only two girls entered the competition. This girl was definitely better than some of the guys that entered.
This competitor shows off a stylish lipslide down the sketchy handrail.
A surprised audience is stoked on this young competitors unexpected front flip over the giant black pipe.
Just like the bottom of his board says, "no way!" This guy was getting the highest above the rail out of anyone in the whole competition. He went for huge 360s onto the rail and attempted elaborate trick throughout the contest. He had some gnarly injuries to show for it.
This is the guy with the "no way" on the bottom of his board. In this shot he is coming off of the rail after grinding it. You can see a gnarly hip bruise that he got from hitting the ground earlier in the competition.
During every trick attempt this guy made his helmet would fly off. He was clearly too cool to use the straps.
Here is an impressive manual down the rail.
Here are some wipe outs that I captured:
After a sketchy attempt to bust a trick on the rail, this competitior hit the icy ground like a ragdoll.
No way! It's "no way" guy showing us yet again that there is no way that his helmet is going to stay on his head. He slammed his back on the ground pretty hard on this one.
- During the competition the snow at the top of the drop-in melted off. Riding down plywood and packed ice was much more challenging than riding on snow that you’d find in the mountains.