With Australia heading into possibly our coldest winter on record, ALDI’s annual ski gear special buy event looks set to be bigger than ever.
The event, which includes more than 50 ski-related items, hits the middle aisles this Saturday (May 19).
The ski sale is the German supermarket chain’s most popular sales event, first launched in Australia in 2008.
The ski gear will be available in stores across the country, while stocks last.
The snow gear will be available in two key ranges – the Crane “Snow Extreme” line featuring specialist snow wear ideal for both casual and serious users of all ages, and ALDI’s premium ski apparel line, the INOC “In Need of a Challenge” range, designed for all seasons and stated to be ideal for both alpinists and hardcore users.
Whether you’re a first timer or an old hand, ALDI’s 2018 snow gear is claimed to last season after season without breaking the bank.
ALDI Australia Textiles Buying Director, Renata Hay, said: “Australians have been in love with ALDI’s snow gear sale since the very beginning, but that doesn’t mean we’re content with sitting still.
“We are constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve the range. This involves working closely with our suppliers to research new trends and implement the latest technology in areas like waterproofing, seam taping, breathability, ventilation and more.
“Our selection of ski and snow wear has grown over the years due to increasing customer demand. This popularity has enabled us to not only expand the quantity of items we sell but also to add a number of exciting new colours and designs.
“This year, we’ll be introducing camo prints, khaki colours and a removable faux fur trim to the hoods of some of our jackets.
“As always, our jackets and pants feature multiple internal and external utility pockets for keeping your valuables safe, so they are not only comfortable, but practical. Our jackets even come with a ski lift pass pocket on the bottom left-hand sleeve, to avoid being that one person slowing down the queue while trying to find your lift pass.”
Other key features of the range include wind-resistant fabric and underarm/leg ventilation, along with innovative breathability to keep you dry inside and out as well as fully taped seams to protect against moisture penetration.
It’s also been announced that this year ALDI is bringing back its popular merino wool layering products, made with Australian wool.
ALDI Adult Ski and Snowboard Gear
From green runs all the way up to black diamonds, ALDI’s heavy-duty gear is boasted for all conditions.
Both men’s and ladies ski jackets are priced at $59.99 and ski pants are $49.99. The snowboard specific jackets and pants are also the same price and are available in assorted colours and designs.
The range is claimed to be waterproof to 12,000mm and wind resistant as well as have “DuPont Sorona” wadding, stated to provide superior insulation, moisture resistance and warmth retention.
The design features an external ski pass pocket, internal media pocket, a multi-functional mesh pocket, and a zipped pocket with a goggle wipe cloth.
You’ll also find zipped underarm and inside leg ventilation, a snow skirt and cuffs to prevent snow from entering through the bottom of the jacket or pants, and a detachable zipped hood.
The ‘Soft Shell’ gear is also available to keep you casual, comfortable and warm, wherever you are in the snow.
INOC “In Need of a Challenge” range
This range features premium gear for experienced skiers and snowboarders who want more freedom of movement without additional padding.
In a 3-layer laminate construction, the lightweight scrim fabric is stated to create a versatile and much lighter, durable and packable product.
Similar to the range above, the designs features waterproof (20,000mm) and breathable (20,000g/m2/24hr) fabric.
Jackets are priced at $119.99 and pants at $99.99, and you can wear them with thin layering on the warmer days or with a base and mid layer on colder days.
ALDI Layers & Accessories
Don’t forget to accessorise with thermals, goggles, fleeces, socks and boots. You can score gloves at $4.99 and ski googles at $14.99, while the thermal tops and leggings start from $16.99.
ALDI Kids Snow Gear
Not forgetting the kids, ALDI has a fun and colourful kids ski range, full of high performance features as well.
Kid’s jackets can be found at $39.99 each and pants at $29.99. Additional thermal layers are $16.99 for both the top and bottoms.
The Today Show’s shopping expert, Jo Munro, gives the lowdown on what you can expect from ALDI stores this Saturday (19 May):
Measure up at home
ALDI has given a list of hot tips to prepare for its biggest snow gear sale. As there are no change rooms, it recommends measuring your family ahead of time to know what sizes you need. You can find ALDI’s sizing chart on its website.
It’s also advised to arrive a little early to your nearest ALDI store if you can as the snow gear special buys have certainly proven to be a popular sale year on year. Check your local store’s trading hours and don’t miss out!