Sounds like he ducked the ropes of a permanently closed area. Definitely not the smartest thing to do. Telluride has a spot like that and so does Mammoth. Bummer, not sure why you'd do that in an already quasi backcountry area.
For the record, I have no problems with ducking ropes, but you have to know the terrain you are entering. Sounds like one of powder fever mistakes.
Is there some sort of cover up going on at Meadows? Why have they not responded to my inquiries as to where in Heather this occurred? I have emailed, facebooked, and wrote on the blog trying to find answers...
...why are my facebook and blog posts being deleted and ignored?
Criminal investigation? Was he REALLY out-of-bounds that day?
Why would Meadows not want thier customers to be aware of the dangerous(late season) areas inside Heather right now?
The maggots over at TGR seem to have a better bead onto what happened here. A couple of the mags familiar with the area state that in poor visibility conditions you can easily end up on top of this feature. I don't know if that was the case this day, but would help to explain a lot.
Also, I am sure you are not the only person making these inquiries. If you thought of it, you can gaurantee that another 1,000 people have. So give it a little time. People get killed at resorts all the time in various different ways. I don't know a single resort that doesn't want to make it the last one ever.