I think this is the most important point. You essentially never went out of bounds. If the resort wants to declare an area out of bounds, they have to actually rope it off. A lawyer could have a field day with this. Me, I would have just said to the goons "then you should rope it off up the hill".
Exactly, I didn't want to push it too hard because after he realized we weren't kids he "let us off with a warning". Only taking down my pass # and name. The whole incident really soured me to the "safety patrol" at copper though... I was actually emailing the lead ski patrol guy back and forth to volunteer next year, next sure I want to play mountain cop though.