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I love going to the snow with the kids, but I hate the fact that every year they don't fit the same clothing from the previous winter. A few years ago I noticed ski clothes in Aldi, initially I dismissed it as being rubbish and too cheap to be any good. Fast forward 3 years and I'm eagerly awaiting June 1st to stock up on ski clothes for the kids.
For us, it started a few years ago with a pair of thermals and slowly gained momentum until we had the entire kids range of ski clothes. There are many reasons why we now love Aldi ski wear, from the kids not complaining they are cold all the time, to the great value of the items, the durability and lifespan of the clothing, and best of all, great value. After each season I usually sell the snow clothes on Ebay, as the kids won't fit them the next season and I nearly always get the same price I paid originally.
When you think about it, if you were only to go to the snow two or three times in a season and you hired all the clothing, it would work out cheaper to buy it from Aldi than to hire it, and then you can always sell them when they no longer fit.
I have just picked up Aldi's catalogue and they have their biggest range ever. Here is what you can get.
Kids snow boarding and ski jackets are waterproof to 10,000 mm, breathable, wind resistant and have 3D Thinsulate with sizes from 4- 14 and priced at $39.99 for jackets and $24.99 for pants.
Kids soft-shell jacket and pants are waterproof to 5,000mm, breathable, wind resistant and have detachable hood (jacket) priced at $39.99 and $24.99.
Kids roll neck tops are $7.99 and available in 8 colours, ski fleece top $11.99 and available in 6 colour, knit jumper $24.99, gloves and mittens $6.99 a pair, socks $5.99 a pair, 2pc thermals $12.99, beanie $3.99, snow boots $19.99 and helmets $29.99.
Ski and snowboard jackets and pants are waterproof to 10,000mm breathable, wind resistant, 3M thinsulate, fully taped seems, detachable hood and priced at $59.99 for jackets and $39.99 for pants, available in 3 women's and 3 men's colours.
Softshell gear: includes jackets and pants that are waterproof to 5,000mm, breathable and wind resistant and cost $59.99 for jackets and $39.99 for pants.
This year they have included a premium range of snow jackets, pants and vests that are waterproof to 20,000mm, breathable, wind resistant and has fully taped seams. These are more expensive at $99.99 for jackets and $69.99 for pants.
I'm so disappointed they don't seem to have the ski boot bags this year! They were great and ours are worn out. The quality is quite good, not up with more expensive ski gear but you wouldn't expect that for what you're paying (most noticeable in the weight of the gear - warmth is achieved via more layers rather than technical fabric). Waterproofing is very good and as you say the gear is perfect for a season for kids. We hold onto ours as we have lots of young nieces and nephews but ebaying it is a great idea!
Would love it if they had more than the one time ski gear sale. Need a set of ski goggles but Aldi have their sale very early in the year. Does anybody know if Aldi in NSW or Vic have more stock and snow gear on shelves throughout the year please?.