So this August we have everything lined up for 2 weeks in Methven/Mt Hutt. It'd be the first time in NZ, but we scored the season pass earlybird for cheap. We will be needing new skis this winter, so the first decision is to i) buy here in Sydney, ii) rent for 2 wks in Methven (Big Al's quotes around 48NZD/day - so not sure if they do any long term discounts? I shot them an email , or iii) Buy a pair in Methven and bring back. I'm leaning towards the third option as it means we can hire for a few days, swap, try b4 we buy. But the downside is being a smaller town the prices might not be as competitive & size selection as the mega ski warehouses here. Question to the group: Any known shop names to recommend so that I can start pinging them emails ahead of time? My second question is around off piste & guides. We are keen to get started with off piste there. In a Sydney ski show last week I spoke with a table called Alpine Guides that runs heli ski from Methven. Heli is a bit of a leap in terms of budget and level, but what is really alluring is they go to the surrounding crown land rather than in the resort, so its new places to explore. What is a typical (non heli) day in MH with a guide like? Where do they typically go and rough costs etc?