While I'm not hitting the slopes until the New Year, this pre-Christmas season is a great time to stock up on everything you need if you'll be taking a trip down the white stuff and Aldi have got some great bargains in their latest Specialbuys range, which is their biggest skiwear range ever!
I've had a peek at some of the items available in store and online now so I'm going to talk you through the details, so you can see for yourself how you can get an adults outfit for just £59.94 and kit out your kids for £35.94.
The full Specialbuys group includes:
Now I've shown you EVERYTHING you can buy from the massive skiwear range, I'd like to tell you a little bit more about a few of the items that I've been trying out myself... important note; these are ski-tested YET so I can only give my first impressions at the moment.
So I've been putting the men's Merino Thermal Long Johns to the test, mainly around my freezing cold house to be honest, and they are so comfortable.
Because they're the men's version they are a slightly baggier fit than I would normally prefer so for hitting the slopes I would probably either go a size down to keep the different crotch stitching (men's stitching is generally more resilient) or buy a women's pair but I absolutely love them and they have kept me very cosy!
In the world of fleece accessories, there's nothing better than a snood.. they are a wonderful creation and this one is lovely to wear. It's soft and comfortable, making it perfect to keep out the cold and paired with the beanie you'll stay warm all day long! Both fit well and didn't make me overheat, instead just keeping me cosy. There's also a lovely fleece headband that is ideal for the slightly warmer days!
One of my favourite items in the range are the cabin socks, which come in a pack of 2.
They are seriously soft, making them perfect for those lazy evenings in the cabin (or at home) when you just want to relax and put your feet up.
The alpine design really brings the log cabin feel with them.
One of my least favourite items of skiwear is gloves, I just don't find them easy to wear when skiing.
These are breathable and waterproof, with a non-slip palm and adjustable cuffs, paired with a thinsulate lining they'll keep your hands warm and dry all day long.
I found them a little too thick for my liking, but I've already admitted not being fond of ski gloves so others will probably be perfectly happy with them.
They are well made and should definitely do everything they claim!
If, a couple of weeks ago, you'd asked my opinion on roll neck tops I would have responded "I hate them, they're so uncomfortable and feel horrible around my neck."
Well it turns out this Ski Roll Neck Top is nothing like the others. It is SO soft. I barely feel it against my neck because it's not tight, just *there* and the fit is truly wonderful.
I'm actually wearing it as I type.. cold house remember.. and it is seriously comfortable, I can't wait to wear it on the slopes.
These are the Nordic Midlayers I mentioned earlier, with the mens on the left with the half zip in lime green and the women's on the right with a full zip in purple.
Both have a nordic snowflake design which is actually quite festive, so perfect for this time of year anyway!
They're very warm and comfortable to wear, making them the perfect ski layer as well as wearing around the home or for a quick trip to the shops! I adore both of them!
The last item I've been trying out are the ladies ski trousers which you can see in the photo.
These are so well lined and warm, I almost overheated just trying them on, but from previous experience that is a good sign for the slopes as it's pretty chilly out there!
These are probably a size too big for me, although the adjustable waist means they fit quite well there, but due to my lack of height they are a few inches too big so maybe not ideal for the shorter among us!
I am impressed with how well made they are though, especially for the price. I expect them to be very hard wearing and should stand up to plenty of bum sliding without any trouble!
Overall I am thrilled with the Aldi Skiwear Specialbuys, which you can find in it's entirety on the website here. Everything is top quality and very well made, which is vital for skiing as you can spend a lot of time on the floor, even if you're experienced, and staying warm is literally a matter of life or death!
I am impressed that they included both adult and children ski helmets, hopefully this will encourage skiers of all abilities to take them seriously, rather than as an extra inconvenience, they can (and do) save lives, so please wear one.
As usual for Aldi, everything is great value so you can kit out the entire family for a tiny fraction of the cost compared to well-known outdoor brands.
I would definitely recommend the range to anyone who's planning on hitting the slopes and I will be buying a couple of extra items, particularly the knitted pom pom hat that I've fallen in love with, for our visit next year!
I'd love to know your thoughts, even if you're not a snow sports lover yourself, so please feel free to drop a comment below.
Stay safe, warm and snowy! x
* Contains PR samples. All thoughts, opinions and item photos are my own. *