Snow chains can be hired at many locations in the High Country, generally ski hire outlets and service stations. Snow chains can also be purchased, which can be more cost effective depending how often and for how long you are travelling to the alps.
Upon hiring or buying snow chains, make sure attention is shown when you are being shown how to fit them. It is vital to fit chains correctly. If you are not familiar with how to fit them, a good idea is to take photos or video of the process on your phone so you can refer to it up on the mountain if you forget. 2 wheel drive vehicles require chains to be fitted to the drive wheels, whilst 4 wheel drives should have chains fitted to the front wheels. Chains provide tyres with better traction and if your vehicle requires them to be fitted to the front wheels, chains can assist with steering grip also. Extreme care must still be taken when driving in snow or ice with chains fitted as the tyres without chains can still easily lose grip.
It is more difficult to fit chains to a vehicle that has been sitting in snowy weather for days, or even just overnight. If you arrive at a resort and haven’t had to fit chains but snow is forecast during your stay, it can be advantageous to fit them during your stay before the snow arrives, so then you can just drive away at the end of your stay. It can be more difficult to fit chains to a wheel that has snow behind it, due to needing a snug fit around the tyre. If you find chains were not required when you are about to leave the resort, they are easy to remove and fitting them in favourable weather makes for good practise!