YES! It is Victorian State Law that all vehicles, including 4WD, are required to carry snow chains on alpine roads and must fit them when instructed by resort personal or advisory road signs. Snow Chains are available for hire from many outlets in towns as you approach the alpine areas (Myrtleford, Bright and Mount Beauty), although please check opening times if you are arriving late. Loose snow chains can cause severe damage to bodywork, suspension and brake lines. Always re-check tension after driving 20m.
Please note: There is no chain hire in Falls Creek.
Q. HOW DO I DRIVE IN THE SNOW?
Do not drive unless visibility is good enough to see the next snow pole on edge of road. In poor visibility situations, drive with your headlights on.
Travel slowly on snow or ice, braking gently and early. Avoid braking when cornering.
Keep well behind the vehicle in front, at least twice the normal distance.
Change coolant and increase the amount of anti-freeze before travel to alpine areas.
Check all tyres have good tread, including the spare. Bald tyres and icy roads are an accident waiting to happen.
Q. WHAT DO I PACK FOR SKI AND SNOWBOARD HOLIDAYS?
Alpine weather is unpredictable and conditions can change quickly. Wear your clothing in layers with insulating clothes on the inside with wind and waterproof clothing on the outside. Several thin layers made of wool or synthetic fibres have insulation properties and are better than thick bulky layers. Do not ski in jeans, cotton or nylon, as these materials do not provide adequate protection.
Waterproof/windproof jacket and pants (can be hired)
Waterproof footwear that offer good grip (can be hired)
Sunglasses and/or goggles
Beanie and neck warmer or scarf
Warm clothing (layers)
Sunscreen (you can get very burnt in the snow)
All skis, snowboards, boots and poles (best to be hired on the mountain)