<h2>Making Turns on a Lift-less Mountain</h2>\r\nIt’s 6.50pm on a Friday night (I think it’s Friday) and we have no milk for breakfast. Thank goodness the supermarket is still open regular hours – even in lockdown. Just like everywhere else, life in lockdown at a ski resort sees all the days blend into one. The only differentiator I have is the weather.\r\n\r\nWas it a sunny day? Or a low-vis day? Did we get more snow? Other than that, I have no idea what day of the week it is. We don’t have the crowds of the weekends to punctuate the weeks.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<a href="https://www.instagram.com/orthoski/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="alignnone wp-image-62923 size-full" src="https://weareexplorers.co/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Drovers-Chairlift.jpg" alt="" width="1920" height="1440" /></a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nDay three of lockdown and we wake to over a foot of fresh snow that had fallen through the night, creating a visible sense of relief and joy after a miserable week of rain. There are no lifts running so the only way up the hill is to walk.\r\n\r\nThe fresh snow sees many people using their two hours of exercise to hike up to the top of Summit and ski the suspiciously empty slope. Following under the line of motionless chairlifts are many people in touring gear skinning up, newbies boot packing with skis on their shoulders, and snowboarders following in a line like ants up the hill.\r\n\r\n<strong>Read more: </strong><a href="https://weareexplorers.co/australia-has-backcountry-skiing-arcteryx/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wait, Australia Has Backcountry Skiing? Is It Any Good?</a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<a href="https://www.instagram.com/orthoski/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="alignnone wp-image-62918 size-full" src="https://weareexplorers.co/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Hiking-up-McKay.jpg" alt="" width="1920" height="1440" /></a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nI hike up with my husband to celebrate the return of snow for the winter after a week of rain. At the saddle of the hill, there are a bunch of people also celebrating, but in a much less social-distancing kind of way, with music blaring and cans all round.\r\n\r\nMoving on quickly, we go to the peak of Summit and pick a line down. It’s both familiar from past seasons, yet totally new in this lift-less world. Now out of the shelter of the trees, we’re battling low visibility and flat light. Our first turns in two years and we’re excited to head down. Packing away all the bits involved with going up on skins, we’re ready to go.\r\n\r\nThe first three turns are a shock to the body with backseat-driving from low visibility and heavy snow. The moisture level in the fresh white stuff was more than we’d realised, and it was hard going. Still, it was great to be moving fast again.