Cirquerider, I guess we will just have to agree to disagree on most of this. But we can agree on one thing, the bottom line is education.
But the Canyons, nor the Wasatch-Cache NF is not going to go around and tell people where they can or can't ski when OB. Skiers going OB have to take responsibility for their own actions.
Although it would be a good idea, resorts have no responsibility to post the current avalanche forecast at NF access gates (like JHMR). At Grand Targhee, it is posted several places in the base, near the trail status sign at the base of Dreamcatcher and at the Summit. But GT can't force the Herb to read it, assimilate it, and heed it. He/she has the opportunity and the right to expose himself to whatever risks he/she wants to.
Also, in all my years in the NF, I have NEVER seen the fire danger posted at every enterance (decision point) into the NF. It's up to the user to be informed, decide what risks he/she is willing to accept, and then make their decisions accordingly.
As far as signage and informing people of the real danger, well, I think this says it all:
Resorts don't have any liability for what skiers do OB. Nor do they have any liability on a skier skiing a line that is visible from the lift and/or just because everybody is skiing it.
Si, laws are nice, but they don't do a d**n thing. Here are two examples of signage along the ski area boundary at Grand Targhee:
1.Wyoming Statute "XXXXX" states (paraphrasing) "Skiing in a closed area is punishable with up to a $300 fine and/or 6 months in jail."
2. "Going beyond this point may result in death and/or loss of skiing privledges."
Do they stop anyone from crossing boundary ropes and skiing in closed areas? H*ll no.