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Diamond pattern tyre chains needed for Mt Hotham

Diamond pattern tyre chains needed for Mt Hotham

Two years ago, Mt Hotham Resort Management Board brought in a new requirement for the winter season: for safety and quicker, easier access, all visitors must carry diamond pattern tyre chains. Ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks are not approved.

Jon Hutchins, CEO at Mt Hotham Resort Management Board, said that this decision had been a game changer, leading to a massive decrease in accidents on the Great Alpine Road.

“In the first year, there was a 60 per cent decrease in serious vehicle incidents, from 34 serious incidents in 2012 to 14 in 2013. This decreased to just 11 incidents last year.”

“Travelling to Mt Hotham along the Great Alpine Road is a spectacular driving experience, with magnificent views. We have the highest sealed road in Australia, and some of the highest snowfalls.”

“To enjoy it, travellers need to prepare their vehicles adequately. That’s why the correct diamond pattern snow chains and good tyres are essential.”

Mr Hutchins said his resort had worked with VicRoads and the Victoria Police to bring in the requirement to carry diamond pattern tyre chains after a difficult 2012 season on the alpine roads.

The resort is calling on all ski shops and tyre chain suppliers to make sure they supply diamond pattern tyre chains to customers travelling to Mt Hotham this winter.

“For safety, we are urging ski shops and snow chain suppliers to only supply and fit appropriate diamond pattern chains to their customers’ vehicles,” Jon Hutchins said.

“If you supply ladder chains, spider chains or snow socks to your customers, they will not be permitted to travel along the Great Alpine Road to Mt Hotham Resort.”

With snow falling several times already this year, it looks like the 2015 snow season may be a bumper one for Victoria’s alpine resorts.

 “We can't wait for the season to begin – hopefully it is our safest and busiest yet,” Jon said. “For information on where to buy or hire these chains, please visit www.mthotham.com.au”.

01 June 2015