I ride high all the time, I pretty much do everything high I guess. I even have my own growing room now, it's a lot more work than I thought it was though. I don't see how it hurts anything.. I typically have 3-4 drinks throughout the day too. Sorry world.
I HATE when resorts close down areas because they have a few bare spots and rocks poking through, just put an unmarked obstacles sign up and call it good! I've never had issues with the chairlift..