St Michael's Hill, as noted, was closed to cars except those that felt they were exempt from the road closed sign. It means that pedestrians had somewhere to walk -the middle of the road
Chris Hutt posts a link to an E.P. article, showing that earlier on that day, someone skied down the hill.
This skier is showing some good avalanche/mountain safety by descending early in the morning, when the avalanche risk is lowest and snowbridges hold up. However, the photographs do show that he had no lights on, and therefore was a threat to traffic. Furthermore he was not wearing a helmet. This was a dangerous example to other skiers, and we are surprised and disappointed that the local press is praising this person, rather than condemning him.