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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!

Coast to Coast Multisport

Friday, March 06, 2015

The famous Coast to Coast race is over for another year. Braden Currie from Methven and former Big Al's ski tech took the prize for the 2nd year in succession. Bradens crew included several Methven identities who always liven up events. Rob Nisbett from Methven competed in the 2day event and ran in a creditable 5th place after a few inglorious moments. Losing his bike off the roof on the way to the event was always going to be a problem. Then creating a large hole in his kayak when pulling too hard on his fluid container proving too much for his bilge pump. This enabled Rob to prove he could paddle his kayak with twice its normal weight! He now has arms like Popeye. Summer is moving on and the Mt Hutt crew are busy creating some new trails on the mountain. These trails will create some new terrain off the Virgin Mile and Lower Towers. Much more work is being done over at Porters Ski Area. Porters is only an extra 30 mins drive from Methven than Mt Hutt. Porters is putting in a new Chairlift for intermediates and creating a new beginners area for their Magic Carpet. This means there will now be two ski areas with chairlifts within easy access from Methven Mt Hutt Village.

Longbeach Challenge Mountain-bike race Canterbury

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Team Big Al's defended their team trophy at the Longbeach Challenge event outside Ashburton. The field included many top athletes. First over the line was Comonwealth Games victor Anton Cooper. Team Big Al's first member in was Glen Currie in 5th place overall pressed hard by Rob Nisbett in 6th. Jamie Robertson crossed about 10 places later followed some time later by Monster Geddes who finished in bad shape.R.TO. blew his tire early in the race and with no pump or tube had to perform the walk of shame and push his bike back to the start. With the 1st three team members counting to the team total Team Big Al's had another famous victory.

Longbeach Challenge Moutain-biking Canterbury

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Big Al's crew are preparing to defend their winning ways at the Longbeach mountain-biking event at the Longbeach Estate Ashburton on the 30th November. Glen Currie back from China after competing in the winning team of the Wuhann multisport race leads the team. Monster Geddes, Rob Nisbett and Jamie Robinson complete the team. The boys are talking up their chances of winning so here's hoping. Come back after the weekend to see the result.

Mountain-biking Canterbury

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday saw the first day of Mt Hutt Helicopters Heli-biking. Taking off from well up the Rakaia Gorge at the old Glennariff salmon hatchery into the Hakatere Conservation Park. It was a great day and a great ride. Over 60 riders took the flight and everyone seemed to have a smile after the ride. Only 40 minutes from Methven Mt Hutt Village it really is an Amazing Space. See Mt Hutt Helicopters Facebook page for new dates of ride days coming up.

Mountain-biking Canterbury

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Last Sunday was true last day of Mt Hutts snow season. A remarkable effort by the Mt Hutt crew in a very lean snow year saw the run from Top of the Six to bottom of the Triple still open on closing day. This Sunday sees a new adventure activity starting in Methven. Heli-biking with Mt Hutt air. The first days run was scoped out by RTO and a crew recently. It is a great intermediate ride with some spectacular back country scenery as well as a great ride.

Peak to Pub

Monday, September 29, 2014

The 16th running of the famous Peak to Pub race was run on Saturday. Skiing/snowboarding down Mt Hutt biking down the Access road then running into Methven's famous Blue Pub. A quick swim across the freezing water of the Hydro canal freshens most up for the finish. Team Big Al's took out the Veteran Teams event Jenny skied Dave road and the other Dave ran and swum the last leg. With a combined age of 180 + they deserved the prize of a new Zimmer Frame!


Saturday, September 06, 2014

A near record run of perfect weather has been ongoing since mid August. With cold temps snowmaking and grooming have made for some perfect days on Mt Hutt. The Big Al's crew have been up enjoying the great snow on the trails. The Big Al's crew also have had a great victory at the Blue Pub taking out the quiz night last Sunday. Winning is a double edged sword for Monday morning as the prize was a bar tab! 

Mons Royale Sale

Sunday, August 10, 2014

OK folks, Mons Royale will roll into Bigs Als on Sat 23rd & Sun 24th with up to 60% off stock. This is once off and exclusive to Big Al's. Stay tuned for more info...


Opening day 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

After an easterly storm put some snow on the mountain Mt Hutt opened on Friday 13th June. It was a perfect day followed by a  perfect weekend. The whole of the upper mountain was open with South Face,Top Towers having good snow. Mid Towers was the best run of the day off piste with the groomed runs fantastic.1500 sliders turned out on Sunday to enjoy. Some of Big Al's staff were up there cruising.

Snow Season 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Well looks like we are off to a slow start with the opening day put off due to a lack of snow. The weather looks a bit more promising for next weekend with a little snow and some cold temps for snowmaking. The Big Al's crew are all in Methven waiting to start and also get up the hill. We have plenty of fancy new stuff to make your day up the hill. Once again we are involved in the Kid4free with our rental program. Check out the Kids4free website for details. See you all soon.