Visitor safety is our number one priority, and this includes on our roads.
It is a legal requirement of the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (as per the Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations 2020) that chains must be carried during the declared winter period, and only diamond pattern chains are permitted. Ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks cannot be used in the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort.
An authorised diamond pattern wheel (snow) chain type is one which is:-
a) Comprised of interlocking steel links or rings.
b) The correct size for the wheels and tyres fitted to the vehicle.
c) Suitable for the wheels, tyres, weight and construction of the vehicle.
d) When fitted will fully enclose the tyre and which effectively grips both side walls of the tyre.
e) Constructed of hard high quality steel.
f) Of a pattern and design where some part of the chain will be in contact with the road surface at all times when fitted.
g) Suitable and durable enough for a road of varying gradients, sharp corners and variable conditions.
h) Not modified or altered from the original commercially manufactured wheel (snow) chain.
Fines apply for not carrying and fitting diamond pattern chains as directed.
Diamond pattern wheel chains are the safest and most suitable traction device for the challenging conditions on the Great Alpine Road or Alpine Resort during the declared snow season or when snow chains are required.
- All vehicles must carry chains when entering the resort.
- All vehicles must fit chains as directed by ‘fit chains’ signage.
- Exemptions for fitting chains (ie. 4WD exemption) are determined by road conditions on an ongoing basis.
- Fitting winter/snow tyres does not negate the requirement to carry or fit chains as directed.
If your vehicle cannot be fitted with chains then alternate resort access must be arranged.
Chains are not available for hire once on-mountain and must be carried with you from the beginning of your mountain ascent in Harrietville and Omeo.
PLEASE NOTE: NOT ALL VEHICLES CAN FIT WHEEL CHAINS DUE TO CLEARANCE ISSUES
Please check your vehicle manual before you leave home and make sure your vehicle is suitable for chains.
Vehicles that cannot fit chains are not permitted to enter the resort. There are alternative travel options available.
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