It is a legal requirement of the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management (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.
Fines apply for not carrying and fitting diamond pattern chains as directed.
- 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.
Click here for Alternate travel options