The new surface lifts make the backcountry West Shore lines accessible with an easy traverse instead of hike. That area will still be out of bounds and you should use proper safety gear. A small hike can take you into the Emmigrant Lake basin with the California Chutes and other great lines above, and those definitely require proper procedures. A lot of the resistance to the new lifts is that we're concerned a lot of unprepared and untrained skiers and snowboarders are going to be beyond the boundaries without avy gear.
My friend, if you want some really sweet lines and are willing to hike a bit, there is some really nice places to go nearby. The BackcountryStore in Truckee hosts an online map guide
. Check out Waterhouse PeakRed Lake PeakRound Top Peak
(I actually prefer the east shoulder and Northeast descent off Elephants Back)
Lots more if it floats your boat. Splitter can set you up I bet better than I can.