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Located in the heart of Methven Mt Hutt Village, Big Als Snowsports is a premier specialty ski/snowboard rental, repair and retail store. Welcome to our BLOG where Big Al will be churning out the latest news on our teams, events, results and general grumpiness when he sees fit!

Winter 2018 on the way

Monday, May 28, 2018

Winter 2018 is just around the corner. A winter storm has deposited enough snow to open and with the snowmaking system pumping out mega snow it seems the mountain will open from top to the bottom of the triple on day 1.

Mt Hutt Winter

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It has been a season to remember. So much snow but so many closed days because of the weather. A tradeoff.  Some of the best days in many years with a 3 metre base. The Peak to Pub is coming up this weekend with heaps of snow around. The RDR swim will be cool! The biking season is slowly getting into gear. Kirstie has been to Melbourne to up-skill on Sram gear at the Sram University and the spent some time in the NZ Sram dealer workshop to fine-tune her skills. Next Kirstie headed to Auckland to the Fox skills course to up-skill on all things Fox. A day with Blueshark the NZ Fox dealer in Wanaka sharpened up the skills. A big week ahead with the Spring Challenge a womens Adventure race the weekend after the Peak to Pub. 


Longbeach Challenge Mountainbike race

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Longbeach Challenge Mountainbike event at Longbeach Estate is on this weekend. Team Big Al's are the holders of both corporate trophies in the 23km and 36km events. The teams are a bit fragile this year. Mr Glen Currie is not at peak performance carrying a few extra kilos. Rob Nisbett is in the same condition after spending 12 months down at McMurdo base. Sean Kennedy has blown his knee and is a non starter so good luck team. In the 23 km ride Last years star Ricky Brown has defected to a boys riding weekend down at Alexandra- no more free stuff for him! The team will be led out with Dan an an assorted motley crew ready to do battle with team BNZ the enemy. See you there.

Novice Downhill Event

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Bike Methven Novice Downhill event Mt Hutt Bike Park.


 Signup from 8.30. Race Runs after lunch.

Do you want to have a go riding a Downhill trail? Head up to the Mt Hutt Bike Park Sunday for a Novice and Groms Event. This event is for first timers on a course with easy outs for anyone to have a go. There are categories for Open men and women novice riders. Age groups for the Groms= kids. Huge prizes like a chocolate fish or maybe a moro bar!!! Give it a go it would be great to see some open women and men joining in. 20 bucks for BM members and 30 if your not. 6 shuttles for practice runs and two race runs. Give it a crack.

Methven Road race Peach Cup

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

November 13th coming up and the Tinwald Cycling Club is running the Peach Cup in Methven.

Peach Family : Canterbury Hotel (Methven)
Mackie Street Block, Methven
Peach Cups
Handicap – 45km, Div 2 – 25km, U17 – 25km

Registration time: Juniors (U17) and Division 2 12:30pm, Senior 1:30pm
Start time: Juniors and Division 2 12:45pm, Senior 2:00pm
Cost: Junior $2.00, Division 2 $5.00, Senior $10.00
Race types: Scratch, handicap, graded scratch, teams, individual
Presentation/Prizes: Will be held at the Brown Pub Methven as soon as possible after the event. To support the sponsors riders must be present to uplift prizes, if not prize money will be forfeited.


Mt Hutt Biking

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Bike Methven had a spring clean around the Bike Park tracks this morning.  A team of the usual suspects turned up. A shame a few other riders were too busy. Now is the time of the year to do a bit of pre summer maintenance. One of the best savings you can make is to have your chain measured for wear.

If your chain is too worn it will start to wear out your rear cassette.Changing your chain before this happens costs a few dollars but can save the price of a new rear cassette $100.00 +. If you don't have the correct tool drop past the shop it takes a couple of minutes and it is FREE!

Mt Hutt Ski Area 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mt Hutts season has ended and after one of the leanest snow seasons in many years it has snowed several times and heavily over the past 3 weeks. Murphy's law!  Now the season has ended it is time to get out the bikes. Mt Hutt Bike Park is riding well and now is the time to check out your bike. Bring your bike into the shop for a check. Give your gears a tune check and/or bleed your hydraulic brakes. Give your ride a bit of love before you ride. Plenty of spares for whatever you need. Brake shoes, cables, nutrition for the body and oil for your chain. Check out the summer Mon's Royale bike range, POC helmets, protection and riding gear. 

School Holidays.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

School holidays have been going off with a bang especially on Saturday. Perfect weather and great snow conditions drew a capacity crowd to the mountain.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Winter 2016 started to look like a boomer but unfortunately a warm spell took the early snow. Mt Hutt opened with some trying conditions but with a little snow and some snowmaking things are looking up for the holidays. Goodawindi sent its young rugby team over to Methven in an annual exchange and dished the Methven under 12's. They then had a great sunny day skiing Mt Hutt. Something to remember for this group of kids.

Mt Hutt Season Passes

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The BIG news from Mt Hutt this year is the season pass falling to an unbelievable $299. You must buy before 31st March to get this price and secure the cheapest skiing on NZ's finest mountain.