You may have noticed a few funky little rope closures under the lifts. They don't appear to really do anything or close anything off. When you see them, it is a really good sign. By code, the carriers (the actual chair you sit on) has to be a certain distance off the snow surface in open terrain. When we are having a great season like 2013-14, these closures start popping up when the snow gets a little close the carriers. A very good sign of good skiing.