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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!

Mt Hutt 5th June 2013

Thursday, June 06, 2013

After 30 cms of snow Mt Hutt looks pristine and ready for opening weekend. R.T.O. is running around like a headless chook tuning rental skis and snowboards - Yeah right !!! On a more serious note the shop is gearing up for the season. Most of the staff are back in town and the workshop is in action.

Mt Hutt 4th June 2013

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The winter in Methven just canked up another notch today. A cold Southerly bought rain and 4celcius temps in Methven and 30cms new snow on Mt Hutt. Freezing cold temps up the mountain had the snowmaking crew out in harsh conditions pouring white gold on the main trails. Meanwhile back in Big Al's in front of the fire R.T.O. and Kirstie were swanning around putting out new stock drinking coffee and having a cruisy day. Get those skis & snowboards out its happening soon. 

Rocky Mt Hutts most famous rock

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rocky Mt Hutts most famous rock eyeing up Big Al's Methvens most famous snowsports shop. Is there romance in the air or a just a Rocky crush? 

Methvens new BMX track

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bike Methven have started construction on the new BMX track. The kids are already fizzing on it and next summer should be some fun times.

Prize winners at Big Als Sale

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

At Big Al's pre season ex-rental sale everyone who entered their email address went in the draw for three great prizes. The prizes were a Four Square snowsports jacket with a retail price of $599, a pair of Special Blend snowsports pants with a retail price of $249 and a pair of womens Burton ski/snowboard gloves with a retail price of $99. The winners were selected at Methvens Blue Pub by dart thrower Dale. Andy Keenan former owner of DHNZ moutain bike tours won the Jacket - lucky man ! Andy Pearce Methven rugby coach won the pants - Poms look good in emerald green ! and Janette Maxwell won the the Burton gloves. You never know how lucky you can be when you shop at Big Al's !

Mt Hutt 24th May

Sunday, May 26, 2013
This photo was taken outside Methven's most famous snowsports shop and gossip central. As you can see it was a pristine day. A few Methven locals decided to take up their skidoos and make a few new tracks on their skis/snowboards. Shifty Methven car salesman and house husband Dave McPhail couldn't resist. His hardworking schoolteacher partner, mother and ex Big Al's staff member Arnie was at work. Thinking "if I am back by 3pm she will never know."  Cruising past Methven kiddy day care he headed up the mountain and had a grand old time. It a tough life being a house husband in Methven !!!

Big Als Big Sale

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Big Al's Big Sale is on this Sunday at 9am Some super deals on ex-rental skis,boards,boots and clothing. Skis and boards from 100 bucks boots from 35 bucks. Ex rental jackets $25 pants $25 great for up the mountain or on the farm. This sale is one day only all the gear will be sent away post sale.

Mt Somers Ride Postponed

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Mt Somers Ride has been moved to next Sunday the 28th April due to the rain this weekend. Big Al's prediction is it may not be too good on the 28th either but plenty of time to sort out your wet weather gear. If you feel the need to try a new 29er in the race Big Al's have a fleet of Trek 29er hardtails perfect for this event.

Lucinda The Love Goddess

Friday, April 12, 2013

It has been a dark day for Big Al's today. Lucinda the Love Goddess Big Al's downhill dummy is no more. Lucinda starred in the 1993 Downhill Dummy race with 1st place and $500 prize money. Boy did the team celebrate. Tequilla slammers were all the rage back then. It was a big deal .The town and the mountain had a closer relationship and almost every business entered a dummy. Unfortunately Lucinda could not repeat her podium. The next year she crashed spectacularly at the finish. The fireworks she was carrying were still fireing off terrifying women and children (men too) Some wags had suggested that Mt Hutt management had wanted to put a rocket up Perry Marcot's bottom - Lucinda did the job !!  Fireworks were then prohibited and Lucinda lost her spark for victory. She was retired to Big Al's garage where she was treated cruelly over the years. Backed into by vehicles and covered with junk. She is finally on her way to Valhalla. (Kate Valley landfill via the Ashburton tip) Vale Lucinda !

Double Header for Young Bikers

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Last weekend was a double header for young mountain bikers. The Aoraki Secondary downhill and x-c champs.

The young crew from Big Al's ruled. Extreme ski/snowboard rental tuners Gareth Burgess and Michael Breading rocked. Michael cleaned up the U15 downhill, Gareth swept up the field in the U17's before shooting off to the Lyttleton Urban Downhill.

Gareth finished 20th in the Open Mens division with the pro elite riders. Alice Todhunter who takes control of the rental department from time to time was 1st in the U19 girls x-c