snow chain hire in cooma

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 11:43
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I'm heading down to Selwyn Snowfields in a couple of weeks and I'm looking to hire chains that will fit the Cooper STs (265/75R16).

Any recommendations for somewhere to get 'em in either Cooma or Adaminaby?

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 11:48

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 11:48
You should call before you go to see if they have them
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Reply By: Michael - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 12:07

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 12:07
Why bother fitting chains, not required nor necessary. i go to selwyn yearly and some years really bad but ok in 4wd. Just gotta take it easy,, Michael
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 14:24

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 14:24
As of this season ALL vehicles, 4wd and AWD included must carry them.

check other thread few days ago.
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Follow Up By: Michael - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:51

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:51
ohhh, NSW also??? damn!,
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Follow Up By: snowman - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 18:47

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 18:47
In Victoria 4wd's are required to carry chains. 4wd's are NOT required to carry chains in NSW. I work in the ski fields and there are signs on the roads saying 4wd's are exempt from having to carry chains.
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Reply By: Jeff (Beddo) - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 14:39

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 14:39
Don't know where the best place to get snow chains but was interested to note that snow chains are now required for 4WD's. Just got back from Selwyn last night. We stayed at Talbingo - $80 a night for a house good value, just call the Talbingo Lodge. The house slept eight people much better value than Jindabyne etc. Anyway arrived Wednesday night - snow conditions very icey, except where the snow makers were, the hire of gear at Selwyn is the pits, a lot of waiting, get ya gear before you go there if you don't have your own. Anyway left Saturday morning and decided to show the kids falling snow, up around 1000m we ran into it near Yarringabilly Caves and it did not stop to Cooma, then we ran into it again at Goulbourne. Kids loved it the travelling was slow up near the Selwyn turnoff and beyond as we watched car after car being pulled back onto the road. Came across Police just before Selwyn who were getting everyone to put chains on but just waved us thru. Very slippery, I don't know how much longer the traffic could have kept going but we were glad we got out when we did and the kids loved it and it was the first time I had seen heavy falls like it. Have fun, I know the kids did.
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Reply By: Steve L - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:02

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:02
As per the comment I've added to the previous thread on this topic, NPWS at Jindabyne confirm that all 4WDs and AWDs are STILL exempt from having to carry snow chains in Kossi NP (all vehicles require chains to be carried on the Vic side).

Just repeating - carrying of snow chains in 4WDs and AWDs in Kossi NP for the NSW skifields is NOT mandatory.

Selwyn is the least likely resort to require chains - even for fitting to 2WDs.

Careful driving is the go though, and if you're inexperienced at snow driving (as most Australians are) it can't hurt to carry the chains whether you're required to or not. The number of 4WDs off the road and in the ditch yesterday in Kossi NP was ridiculous apparently.
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Follow Up By: Steve L - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:03

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:03
Clarification.

Comment re carrying chains 'on the Vic side' refers to their alpine areas in general.
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Follow Up By: Michael - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:57

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 15:57
I nearly put my patrol over a 3 metre drop a few years ago, just slightly too fast and into a four wheel drift, didnt panic and just managed to recover it, very scary(in 4wd). I was only doing about 25kph.... BFG's A/T go as hard as rocks in the ice, so tyres wont save you either!!!!
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Reply By: Utemad - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:31

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 17:31
I know we all drive big tough 4WDs but that doesn't mean we personally are not made of flesh. Snow chains don't take long to fit and cost a lot less than a trip to the panel beaters or a funeral.

Utemad
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Reply By: Lyds - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 18:18

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 18:18
Thanks all for your comments, but I think I'll get chains anyway.

So should anything be done about tyre pressures given icy conditions?

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Follow Up By: snowman - Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 19:41

Sunday, Jul 18, 2004 at 19:41
Most of the service stations carry chains and the ski hire shops. I think you will be lucky to find anyone with the size chains that you require. You can try the BP and Ampol in Adaminaby on, 6454 2226 (BP) and 64542256 (Ampol).There are heaps of places in Cooma so try Cooma visitor information centre on 64501742 and they should be able to point you in the right direction.
cheers Dave
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Reply By: Lyds - Monday, Aug 02, 2004 at 19:36

Monday, Aug 02, 2004 at 19:36
I ended up getting chains that fit the Coopers at Rhythm Snow Sports (the BP servo as you enter Cooma).

http://www.rhythm.net.au

Of course, there was no need to use them.
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