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Who has used snow chains?

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Have used snowchains twice in past two years - in Montgenevre and La Rosiere. Both late December. The car was front wheel drive with winter tyres but chains were needed as well.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person

Always practice on the driveway the weekend before we leave.

I used to do this every year. My husband and I did one wheel each and I always won! You need to be fast, to get them on before your fingers freeze (doing it in gloves is clumsy and takes longer). Almost always had to use the chains at least once in 2 months stay in the mountains. Some years, quite frequently (with front wheel drive, winter tyres). I never minded, really, as needing chains means it's SNOWING!! I don't know why some people make such a palaver about using chains - the secret is to put them on as soon as you notice any loss of traction, when you still have a choice about where to stop. Don't leave it too late. It's like the old mantra about reefing sails - you should reef the first moment you think about it!
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Yes, every trip to the slopes in NZ involved chains. Got good at them!
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That's right @pam w it means there is snow, which is what thrills us.
It's all part of the adventure.
If skiing was easy it would not be worth doing...
Same goes for chaining.
I'd still recommend gloves though, get a box of nitrile inspection gloves at least.
There so handy

I'm trying to think of the last time I had to use chains ....
I cant believe it myself, I've had to chain up oodles of times.

But the last time was 1997, Easter Weekend and we dont expect to need chains that late, that low, and when we don't have to mannage
I was heading for Leogang .. the snow started and I was driving a BMW 7 series on regular tyres.
There is no snow more slippery than fresh new snow, its like soap.

I just had to stop and get a hotel for the night and buy some chains the next day.
When you are stuck in small village (Fierberbrunn) and you need chains your at the mercy of who ever has chains to fit your car.
I had to pay about £200 worth of Schilling to buy a pair of chains that have to be fitted when the wheels are off the ground.
I know its hard to believe it...
But I've still got them if anybody needs them, they have only been used once.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Hi @McKenzie one of my old Ski Buddies is down your way in South Island right now for a few weeks.
I don't think he is going to need chains now is he?
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