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Taking our GT on a ski trip

Hello everyone,

Just looking for a bit of advice on driving a GT on snowy/icy roads.

We are going skiing in France in January and would really like to drive our GT to get there. Currently we have 17 or 18 inch alloys (not 100% sure which!) and I know they would not be suitable for snow chains, but we were considering buying a 2nd hand pair of smaller wheels that we would be able to put chains on.

Any advice on what size wheels we would need and what chains would work?? Or alternatively what's the deal with snow tyres...can you drive all the way on motorways on these or will they wreck the tyres...or roads...or both?!

Really don't want to have to hire a car as this would be the first long journey we've taken the GT on and both really looking forward to it...just don't want to get stuck on the mountain roads!

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

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You need to(more like must if you love your car and your life more importantly) buy winter tyres.Winter tyres are suitable for all roads/highways and they won't get ruined unless it's too hot outside (15+C).It is recommended to use winter tyres once the average daily temp drops below 12C.
You won't be able to make it with summer tyres and chains if there is snow.Apart from the winter tyres it's always good idea to have a pair of chains with you when you go to a mountain
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What he said! Winter tyres all the way - and you will still need chains (they are mandatory in most alpine countries/ski resorts anyway). No problem with chains on skinny winter tyres.

On the GT, you'll be looking at a set of steel rims with 185/65R15 - I've been using Michelin Pilot Alpin's for the last 7 years in the winter months (mid November - mid-March) and am pretty damned pleased with them.

Compare tyre size here for instance.
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Hi Guys - that's great, thank you for the advice I'll look into a set of winter tyres and chains then.

Thanks again

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