i think technological surveillance is always subject to abuse, mistaken identification or co-optation by third parties ...i'd rather work to foster a sense of community at the ski areas, so that less 'cooperative' people would think twice before doing these things, or fear getting caught, not by mountain 'authorities', but by anyone on the mountain who gives a crap. i remember a situation completely *not* this; years ago in the village near NYU apts...i thought i was tripping - one guy has his hand inside a parked car via a hole he smashed in rear window, grabbing a tennis raquet - and three feet away, a couple sitting on a low wall, chatting and paying NO attention. the guy took off and i belatedly called for a cop (belatedly, as i couldn''t believe what i was seeing!)...and filed a report. the couple clearly didn't feel like this was happening in *their* community. this is a ripe environment for surveillance, but no place i'd want to call my own. i think that we, as responsible members of the ski community need to step foward, and set the example to others to do the same when mindless idiots do things that are abusive...ie. unless the chairs were empty, how did the BB gun shooter get off the chair w/o getting detained (or clobbered) by another skier? that said, i recently got my poles ripped off while i was getting my skiis tuned before hitting the slopes at mt snow a few weeks back...i would have liked to have caught the a-hole on video, but there would have had to be some sort of recognition chip caught by the enhanced video camera, and then some sort of GPS arrangement that would have allowed same dude to be located on the slope or caught while loading chair etc...again, no place i'd want to ski - which i do to get away from it all!