I'm watching the Blizzard of Ahhh's at the moment, and thinking about one of the big themes of the movies. They continually talk about how lawsuits, insurance companies and lawyers have limited what they can ski in the United States, and how they have to go to Europe to ski extreme terrain.
It seems like that's no longer as much of a problem. Most American ski areas allow you to cross the boundary now, whether it's through gates, or at any point you like. You can ski the gnarliest lines you want. It may not still be as laissez-faire as Europe, but it's sure better than what is portrayed in 1988.