Whitewater, BC, has a habit of using ropes for all kinds of things while allowing them to be crossed. There is a rope across most of the bench accessing the Glory side from the Summit Lift, but there are labelled runs down through the trees on the other side of the rope. The rope is only there to remind people that the Glory chair closes early.
The exception occurs during avalanche control work. Red CLOSED signs go up and passes will be pulled if you duck the rope next to the sign.
The boundary is roped most places, but open. Rescue (assuming you survive) is not free.
And then there is this wonderfully informative sign: