I would guess that when accessing Powder Country from the Hidden Paradise lift it would be pretty easy to end up well below the pick up point for the shuttle as well.
Yeah, embarrassingly enough, I got in some trouble over there. I was riding next to the rope in Powder Country with my two brothers, hit an unexpected ditch and went rolling into the rope. The pitch was such that it was either take my board off completely and hike up a ways or duck under the rope, regain momentum and duck back in bounds. When I ducked the rope, the untracked was calling my name (Powder Country was pretty chopped up), so I headed farther out of bounds. I had done it once before where I stuck close to the rope and when Powder Country widens, just hooked back up.
This time I wasn't paying as close attention and ended up on the wrong side of the ridge. It's a drainage that heads away from the road. I was expecting to see the road when I got to the bottom, but instead it was a river. I was really lucky that I ended up where I did, because I was at a cat track in part of the cat-skiing area. If I had gone right, I would have ended up in thigh-deep powder and would have been in serious trouble.
As it was, I was in enough trouble because it was the end of the day and it started to get dark before I was able to hike out. It was also snowing hard. We got a blink of cell phone signal and called my wife (who I was supposed to pick up at work about that very time) and she called ski patrol. We started building a snow cave to prepare for the night out, but eventually saw those snowmobile lights over the ridge and got pulled out. We actually weren't that far from the resort--the cat track connected back with Hidden Peak, but it was just pitch black and we couldn't hike anymore.
Big thank you to Powder ski patrol who not only saved us a very uncomfortable night (possibly worse), but also were pretty cool about it, giving a lecture (that's why the rope is where it is, dumbass!) but not totally tearing us new ones.
Oh yeah, and that night was my anniversary, so my lesson had just begun : ( Despite the fact that it was my brothers' first time in Utah, I was the one to earn the "Jong of the Week" award for that piss-poor decision.
Moral: Be careful around the edges because the surrounding wilderness is pretty huge and unpredictable if you don't have a map/knowledge of the terrain.