Also irrelevant, let's not make this personal.
Well, to be fair, it would be hypocritical. But again, its irrelevant.
To be perfectly honest, if its gate accessed terrain and it doesn't pose a risk to others, or is marked a hazard/avalanche area, its probably okay to hit a few times a season. Technically its still against the rules, and if you're caught doing it, you have to accept the consequences (which in this case would probably be a cut day pass or a slap on the wrist).
Everyone is sort of drifting off topic with avalanche posts and stuff. Of course cutting avy ropes is not okay, but this doesn't sound like the case.
So to sum it up, it is against the rules, but its probably okay to hit a few times a year when no one's watching as long as it doesn't endanger anyone else.
Wow, that was the most useless non-answer of the thread. It's not okay...but it's probably okay if no one's looking... Herp. Derp.
Also, Josh said straight out those are avalanche ropes. I believe he knows Alta pretty well. So yes, avalanche ropes are the case.
Hypocrisy would be saying one thing and then going out and doing another. Not the same as doing something, realizing it was a bad decision and then giving advice based on what you learned. Is every single parent in the world a hypocrite (i.e. not encouraging their children to make the same mistakes) or are they just good parents? I realize 'hypocrite' is a great buzz word and all, but it doesn't apply as generally as you're pretending.