I feel Vail has a moral obligation to do something because if they don't, over the next 25 years 8 or more people are likely to die there. Those people would likely live to ski another day but for Vail's lifts hauling them up the hill. Without the ski area, EVC would only see a tiny fraction of the traffic, and the few folks there would be more skilled in backcountry safety.
I see that as a public safety issue being created by the ski area. Yes, it's true of all backcountry access gates, but I think this one is a special case. Is there another gate that sees so much traffic and so many people have died after exiting?
Ever skied Dutch Draw at Canyons. Right off the top of lift Ninty-Nine 90. Just Search it. Dutch Draw easily claims more lives and has more near-misses than Vail Chutes. Amazing skiing if you pick the right day and are properly equipped, trained and so forth, but it's pure lift-served backcountry with a nasty terrain trap, yet I would guess most skiers enter without beacons, shovels or partners..