Originally Posted by Josh Matta
Never actually. always left though gates.
At the bird they owned the land where the higher gates were and could close it off at will. There was no quick way up and out if those things were closed you would be fired on the spot as a mountain employe. You could still leave the resort via the mineral basin gate at any time mineral was open and could also leave via the tiger tail traverse if it was open. Basically the inbounds terrain would be the same thing.
At Alta the out of bounds was not roped off.
At stowe our out of bounds again is not roped off, its always open.
to be fair I have poached trails before mostly as small eastern mountain who close thing down because of being really really lame.
Instant of lame
Holiday Valley, NY - trees are off limits despite not having a single sign at the entire place saying so. The trees are actually awesome to ski there. I simply will not go back there ever if I have a choice. The mountain due to lake effect and snow making blow in easily gets enough snow to sustain tree skiing most years. BTw you do not have to duck nay ropes to ski these areas either.
a not lame alternative - Holimont,Ny lets you ski where ever you want
edit it seems holiday Valley has finally changed there arcane policy
The woods are available to expert skiers and riders and are not open, closed or marked. Woods are littered with rocks, stumps, fallen trees and other objects that can damage you and your equipment. It is recommended you ski or ride in groups of at least 3.
Do not go into the woods after 3 PM. Respect your ability level. Boundary woods can lead you away from Holiday Valley. Know where you are going and dress properly.
snowshoe, Wv - there is a very flat lift line that has a couple drops on it. At almost any resort not in WV this trail would be opened but because WV do not believe in Darwinism they do not open it up for fear of southern crushing them selfs of these tiny drops.
a not lame alternative - Timberline, Wv open boundary