Safe Driving in the Snow
What is the best way to Drive in the Snow?
You should use gears instead of brakes to slow down and watch for icy patches on shady parts of the road, through cuttings, on bridges and on winding stretches where ice may have formed over a thin layer of snow.
Should I carry Snow Chains?
When travelling in Alpine Areas, Snow Chains Must be Carried. In Victoria, it is Compulsory for All vehicles to carry chains, during the declared Snow Season.
Authorities require that they be fitted when conditions demand, so check chains are not damaged or have parts missing and practice fitting chains before you travel. It’s too late to learn at the roadside in a blizzard or freezing rain. Make sure chains are packed for easy access.
Hire chains are readily available and it is best to get them close to your destination in case of any problems. If you are not familiar with the fitting of chains ask the Hire Shop to give you full instructions. When chains are fitted to your vehicle drive slowly (eg. no more than 20/30kph.) and carefully to avoid tyre and vehicle damage.
How do I fit Snow Chains?
Chains are to be fitted to the two driving wheels. I.E. Front wheel on a front-wheel drive; rear wheel on a rear-wheel drive; usually front wheels on a four-wheel drive. Always refer to the manufacturer’s handbook for correct placement of chains
When fitting, pull off to the left of the road as far as possible. Use a chain fitting bay if available, make sure your vehicle is visible from both directions
It is important to only park in designated parking areas and to follow the directions of the parking attendants.
Never leave your chains on your vehicle overnight as they can freeze to the ground and will break, leaving you stranded and responsible for the damage to the chains.
Don’t apply the handbrake. moisture can freeze cables and brake linings. Instead chock the wheels and angle the front wheel into the kerbside. Leave the car in Gear or Park.
Snow & Ice
Remove all snow from the roof of your vehicle. It is illegal and dangerous to leave snow on the roof whilst driving.
Clear all ice from the windscreen and mirrors before driving off. Using the air conditioner on the windscreen will help to demist.
If leaving your car overnight or longer lift your windscreen wipers slightly off the windscreen using a plastic bag or a small stick to keep just off the glass.
What to carry
Have in your vehicle in a handy spot the following items:-
Small spade, tow rope, groundsheet, gloves, old waterproof clothing, torch (check batteries), wheel chocks, first aid kit, towel
Ensure you have enough Antifreeze in your vehicle, especially if staying on the mountain. Failure to do so can be very costly.
Most service stations close to the ski fields have alpine diesel, ensure you top up close to the ski fields. Alpine diesel is a mix that prevents diesel from gelling up in very cold conditions.
Resort Entry is charged at a cost per vehicle for the duration of your stay in the declared winter season (early June – beginning of October). All visitors accessing the resort must have purchased a resort entry permit online, prior to arriving at the resort. The fees are an important part of resort operations, funding essential services such as Ski Patrol, Snow Clearing, Guest Services and much more.
If you’re planning to go skiing or snowboarding during your trip, you need to book your lift tickets online before you go, this is the new normal to ensure the ski lifts can run in a COVIDSafe manner. With a variety of options available, from a single lift to season-long passes, you’ll find the perfect ticket for your holiday.
Whether you just want a half-day on the slopes or a multi-day holiday, you’ll need to purchase a ‘Snow Pass’ to use the lifts at Falls Creek. Pre-load your days skiing online onto your Snow Pass, and you’ll be ready to pass the automated gates to enter the lifts in a breeze.
A Snow Pass Card costs $5, however, these cards can be reloaded over the season and in future seasons. Replacement cards will also cost $5.
Handy Tip: Don’t place your Snow Pass Card near your phone as this can interrupt the Snow Pass Card from scanning and the gate may not open.
Arriving at Falls Creek
Drive to the Accommodation Transfer Service (ATS) – coaches will also drop you off at this location.
- Unload your luggage from your vehicle.
- Using the parking service as directed by staff to park your vehicle in the overnight parking area.
- Purchase/book your transfer.
- If you have purchased online, you are still required to go to the top office in the terminal and book you transfer.
- You are required to book your return transfer at the same time.
- Walk down to the loading bay and wait for your transport to your accommodation.
Falls Creek Resort Information
|Resort Management Postal Address
|PO Box 50, Falls Creek, VIC 3699
|Falls Creek Resort Management
|(03) 5758 1200
|Falls Creek Ski Lifts
|(03) 5758 1000
|Accommodation Transfer Service
|(03) 5758 1203
|Mt.Beauty (32 km)
|Car Emergency Services
|– RACV Bright
|(03) 5750 1230
|(02) 6024 1000
|– Falls Creek
|(03) 5758 3424
|(03) 5754 4244
|– Falls Creek
|(03) 5758 3238
|(03) 5754 3400
|Falls Creek Web Site
|Resort Management Email