Note that we are normally required to carry chains and fit where directed during July and August as this is the main snowfall and icy road period
Victorian regulations state that chains are to be carried in declared alpine hazardous areas (Including Mount Buffalo) from 1 July to 7 October each year
However there are slightly different rules for the carriage and use of snow chains at Mount Buffalo national park compared to the other resorts.
See below copy of letter from Parks Victoria explaining this difference!
SNOW CHAIN RULES AT MOUNT BUFFALO WINTER 2016
The rules for the carrying and use of snow chains at Mount Buffalo national
park this winter are detailed below.
Previously visitors were required to carry wheel
chains within Mt Buffalo National park during the declared snow season. This
traditionally was from the Queens Birthday weekend in June until sometime in
September when the larger resorts decided to close.
Given that Mt Buffalo is significantly lower than the larger resorts this often
meant that we required chains to be carried up here on the plateau when there
was little or no snow on the ground and the road was dry and clear. This may
have been appropriate previously, particularly when we had visitors staying on
the mountain during winter for extended periods, however this is no longer the
We have now, however, moved to a much more flexible system whereby we can
remove the requirement to carry chains to Mt Buffalo if the forecast is fine
and clear for the next 24hrs and the road is clear and dry.
The basic concept is that during the declared snow season when either
snow is forecast for under 1600 metres. The
highest point on the roads at Mount Buffalo during winter being over 1550
metres or when potentially hazardous snow or ice conditions exist on the road,
chains will be required, when neither of these conditions exist we can remove
the requirement to carry chains.
How does this work?
Chains Must Be Carried sign
at the entrance to Mt Buffalo is ultimately the official word on whether chains
need to be carried or not. When this
is closed, chains will not be required and
when it is open chains must be carried. Mt Buffalo Ranger staff
will be managing this.
2. Every day at approximately 9am an email update of current snow conditions on
Mt Buffalo will be sent to Visitor Information Centers, Ski Hires and other
stakeholders. This report will include whether chains are required to be
3. Every day at approx 4pm the Duty Ranger at Mt Buffalo will assess the
forecast weather conditions for the next 24hrs and the state of the road and
make a determination as to whether chains will be required for the following
day. If there is a change to the current situation you will all receive another
email simply informing you of the change.
4.Does this mean it will change every day? No we are expecting the
determination to be reasonably consistent given that the Mt Buffalo road does
have areas that hold snow and ice for some time creating hazardous conditions.
The biggest change will be at the start and end of the season when the snow
either has not arrived yet or has left us early.
What about AWD and 4WD? There is
no differentiation and these rules apply to all vehicles.
The key reason for this change is to increase
accessibility to the Mt Buffalo for as many people as possible.
Please carry and fit chains as the signage directs and
have a great visit to Mount Buffalo the winter wonderland.
Mount Buffalo National Park