The use of snow chains is often mandatory in Australian ski resorts during the winter season, as they provide additional traction and safety on the snowy and icy roads. To ensure compliance with the resort your plan to visit, it's important to check their specific requirements. This information can usually be found on the resort's website or by contacting their customer service team. Additionally, it's a good idea to practice installing and removing snow chains before your trip to ensure that you are prepared for any road conditions you may encounter.
The most common snow chain required for Australian resorts is a ‘Diamond Chain’. Diamond chains are designed to improve traction and handling on snowy and icy roads. These chains are made with diamond-patterned chains that provide continual contact points with the road surface, which helps to reduce slippage and increase grip. It's worth noting that not all snow chains are created equal, and the type of chain that's best for a particular vehicle will depend on factors such as the size and weight of the vehicle, the type of tires it has, and the specific conditions it will be driving in. Before purchasing snow chains, it's important to consult the vehicle owner's manual to ensure that the chains are compatible and safe to use with the specific tyre size fitted to the vehicle.
KONIG/CHAIN SIZE CONFIGURATOR:
We stock Konig, an Italian company established in 1966 that produce high-quality wheel chains made in Europe for different markets around the world. We stock various chain models each suitable for a specific style of vehicle whether it be a car, SUV or 4WD. Chain sizes are based on specific tyre sizes and must be exact. To find your chain size, go to https://www.konigchain.com/configurator/configurator-consumer/ and enter your car model. If you cannot find your model or specific tyre size, choose ‘I can’t find my car’ and choose you’re tyre dimensions. Popular models include the CB-16 and XB-16, a 16mm manual-tensioning chain for cars and SUV’s respectively, and the CG-16 and XG-16, a 16mm self-tensioning chain.
For luxury German SUVs with large wheels and no inside clearance, the Konig K-Summit chain offers 0mm inside clearance thanks to an external tensioning system, however these are no longer legal to use at Victorian resorts. (Current as of April 2023).