With all the clearly marked boundaries and warnings at our resorts (some with notices of numbers of pulled passes); apparently - one instructor from Sugar Bowl decided to take off outside the resort to get down - and hasn't been seen since. According to news reports, he was well known for going this route by his friends. It was mentioned in the news as "back country"; but it would appear - at least from my local knowledge of that mountain to be a case of skiing out of bounds/in a closed area - plain and simple. He wasn't working that day.
Over 400 people, and dog teams, looked for 4-5 days and found nothing. Early on, there were a few "pings" from his cell phone in an avalanche area but not enough to specify location. There was several feet of new snow on the day he disappeared and more since. The search has been suspended indefinitely.
Do patrollers and instructors go out of bounds more, or less, than the average skier? Before this, I would have thought they never do unless chasing someone down, but now I'm not so sure.