<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Toronto Spider:
<strong>I am hesitant to ask this question, since it is going to drag the thread off topic, but I have to ask: what's with the snow chains? I realize it's winter there and that snow isn't the most common form of precipitation you see down under, but snow chains? Really?
I took a look at the Mt. Buller website and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. For starters there was this car rental package:
"Mt Buller is the first and only ski resort in Victoria to offer this convenient and flexible self-drive transport option. Collect your Budget rent-a-car from Melbourne Airport depot and from there the choice is yours - its an easy 3 hour drive or, if you prefer the scenic route there's plenty of places to stop along the way as you drive through Victoria's famous wine region.
"Drive & Slide packages include, car or 4WD rental, chain hire and gate entry."
You guys put chains on your 4WDs? Seriously?
Then there was this weather report:
24 hr Snowfall: 11 cm
- Boggy Creek 30 cm
- Family Run 55 cm
- Tyrol 20 cm
- Manmade Areas 66 cm
Date of Last Snow: 25/7/2003
O'night Snowmaking: Standby
Lifts Operating: 10/25
Grooming Summary: Grooming this morning in most open areas
Tubing Park: Closed
Toboggan Runs: Open
Road Conditions: Fitting chains to 2WD
I know I come from a country of ice and snow, but we're not even allowed to use chains on the roads.
--Toronto</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I do not know if things have changed (my knees do not like going skiing anymore
) However when I did, when chains were fitted ,we were on dirt roads.
However I did cross country skiing , so not sure exactly what road conditions are at down hill resorts.
Also as we do not need winter tyres in Australia, I suspect that some of the tyre designs would not cope very well with snow conditions.
Maybe the other reason for chain fitment is that most people hardly ever drive in snow in Australia. I have not driven in Snow conditions for 20 years.
And I have even driven through Central Scotland and right around the edge in January.
Cold but no snow that time
From Southern Tablelands Four Wheel Drive Club Inc. training .
Mud and Snow
This training course is of one day's duration and is designed to equip members with the knowledge and skills to confidently confront Mud and Snow. This course will include the theoretical aspects of mud and snow followed by a practical application of the theory.
Driving in Mud and Snow;
Techniques to avoid Mud holes;
Vehicle preparation including chain selection and the use of chains;
Dangers to vehicles and members inherent in mud and snow driving.
Environmental and ecological impacts.
Supervised practical training in mud and/or snow.
And from http://www.smartdrivertraining.com/ford.html
"During September, 2001, Ford Australia Light Truck Motor Vehicle Dealers tackled the rigorous trip from Cairns to the top of Australia. Co-ordinated by Jim Dalton from Dalton Logistics, SMART-NT's expertise was employed to provide various defensive and 4 wheel drive training exercises throughout the drive north."
"The fact that their
vehicles had chains fitted to their
front wheels gave us some warning as
to what was up ahead."