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Chains and Fuel

To ensure you and other road users can reach the slopes safely, Diamond Pattern Wheel Chains must be carried and fitted where required. Ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks are not permitted for use in Hotham Alpine Resort. As it is a mandatory legal requirement, fines are applicable for not carrying and fitting chains as directed in a Victorian Alpine Resort.

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. 

Chains can be hired from Ray's Ski Shop in Myrtleford. Book through Hotham Holidays and show your confirmation to Ray's to receive 25% off your chain hire.


Fit chains where you see the 'Fit Chains Here' sign. This sign will be located at a designated chain bay so you can pull of the road to safely fit your chains. 

Your tyres must be in good condition with minimal wear and your chains should only be fitted to your driving wheels, though 4WD vehicles should fit chains to manufacturers recommendation. Remember to always test your chains before a trip as they can alter your car's handling, so you may need to take a moment to adjust your driving. Even if it hasn't been necessary to fit chains when travelling to the resort, we recommend you fit them upon your arrival in preparation for your return trip - as it is quite difficult to fit them to cars covered by snow!

It is recommended to check with you car manufacturer that you car is able to fit chains before commencing your journey. 

Before your ascent up to Hotham, be sure to fill your tank with fuel as there are no petrol stations on mountain. If you drive a diesel car, be sure to fill your tank with Alpine Diesel to avoid it freezing over. Alpine Diesel is conveniently offered at Bright and Omeo petrol stations.


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