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Aldi ski gear sale is back for another year and it's likely it will be another bumper sale that will see the shelves cleared quickly.
This year's sale will start on Saturday 17th of May until stock is sold.
I know there are a lot of young families out there that will be as eager to go to the snow this year as there are adults trying to to go to the snow on a budget. I rarely write about sales because I loathe shopping but I take exception with the ski gear sale because it's the one time of year I get excited about shopping, not necessarily for the clothing but because I know there are some fun family snow trips coming up.
With young children outgrowing their clothes each season it got super expensive until we decided to give the Aldi clothing a go a few years back and I have to say that I am really impressed with the quality. So far we haven't had any issue with the clothing, in fact the kids have outgrown it before any wear or tear appears and they have always stayed warm and dry even in the worst conditions.
The other bonus I have found with Aldi ski wear is that once the kids have outgrown it we put it on ebay and it attracts reasonable prices. Last year the clothes were auctioned at about 50- 60% of their purchase price which makes it very affordable to go the snow.
My favourites are the Aldi snow boots, if you have warm feet then the rest of your body seems to feel okay. You can get adults boots in ladies 6 - 10 and mens 7 - 12 for $29.99 or kids 5 - 10 and 11 - 3 for $19.99.
As for outer clothing there are a few options available with the choice of ski wear, snowboard range or the Inoc premium range. The difference between the standard clothing and the premium range is obvious with it's two in one jacket with storm hood and waterproofing and breathability ability at 20,000mm compared to 12,000 for the standard but in saying that if you're not likely to be using it often or for long periods then the standard jacket will be just fine and cost $40 less.
Jackets are priced at $59.99 for the standard or $99.99 for the Inoc. Pants are priced at $39.99 for the standard or $69.99 for the premium.
Soft shell pants and jackets are available for $59.99 and $39.99 but don't have the same water resistance as the jackets and pants above. The soft shell is water resistant to 5,000mm, has ventilation and is wind resistant. These items would be suited to dry powder snow on a clear day.
Warm thermals are a must have when going to the snow. I really feel the cold and love the snow extreme compression underwear from Aldi's as well as the merino thermals. I have been wearing the compression thermals/underwear for the last 3 years and cannot fault them.
The compression are priced at $16.99 each or $11.99 for children, the standard thermals are $24.99 for a set or $14.99 for children and for the merino thermals you're looking at $29.99 each.
For the kids you can pick up boarding and ski clothing for $39.99 for jackets and $24.99 for pants. These are rated at 12,000mm and are available from 4-14 with toddler sizes 2 & 3 available in selected stores only.
As well as all pants and jackets, Aldi also have roll neck tops/skivvies for $12.99 for adults and $7.99 for children, mid layer fleece tops $16.99/$11.99, long sleeve merino tops $39.99, acrylic knit beanies and scarves $5.99, fleece beanies and accessories $3.99, socks $7.99/$5.99, gloves $12.99/$6.99, goggles $14.99, helmets $29.99/$24.99, snow chains $39.99, ski and snowboard carrier $59.99 and walkie talkies $34.99.
So that rounds up Aldi snow gear sale 2014. The one thing I will say though is that you don't need a heap of fancy new gear to get out there and enjoy the snow. Some things you may have in your own cupboard, others you could borrow but if you are thinking of doing it a few times then invest in an outer jacket and pants, snow shoes and gloves. I'm sure most of you already own a pair of thermals and a fleece jumper. Layering is the most important thing in the snow because it can start out freezing and then when the sun comes out and reflects on the snow it can warm up quickly and you will want to take off a layer or two. My last bit of advice is don't forget some sunscreen, I burn faster in snow than at the beach.