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The well-groomed cross-country trails in a more than 40 kilometers long – awarded with the Loipengütesiegel (trail seal of quality) – route network invite you here on the Arlberg to a fantastic winter sports experience. Anyone who has always wanted to try cross-country skiing – NOW is the perfect time!

We do not only offer you the best equipment in our cross-country ski rental, we also have plenty of helpful tips for those who would like to test this sport.

Cross-country skiing technique

Classic style

In classical style you move within the two prefabricated, parallel tracks and advance in a diagonal step. It is the slightly easier entry into the cross-country technique, as the trail “leads” and the risk of falls is minimal. In addition, the classic style is ideal for the basic stamina.


The skating style is slightly faster than the classic style and looks more dynamic overall. On one stick push two skating phases in the skate step on a ski are following. This gliding poses a certain risk as it is a technical and sporting matter.

Cross-country skiing equipment


A skating ski is a smooth surface from top to bottom, as it is primarily about gliding. Its optimal length is calculated from height plus about 10 tenths, the sticks should reach to the chin.


The classic style of the ski has in its center a roughened surface, the so-called kick zone. The length is measured by its own height plus about 20 tenths, the sticks reach to the chest.


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Cross-country ski rental on the Arlberg

The equipment in our cross-country ski rental is up to date, in the very best condition and perfectly maintained. Here you will find a huge range of all current TopMarken models.

A perfect cross-country ski allows you a pleasant, effortless and harmonious gliding. We advise you about the optimal ski hardness and length, because factors such as size, weight and running technique are very important.

For equipment, advice, tips and questions you are welcome to contact the entire team Sport Matt Pettneu.

We are there for you every day from 08:00 to 18:30, also on public holidays and weekends!

We look forward to your visit!

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In floodlighting every Monday and Friday from dusk (about 17:00 clock) to about 21:00 clock the special sports pleasure, the popular night cross-country in Pettneu instead. The start is at the Wellness Park Pettneu (parking) and leads on the illuminated route to the west, also through the Rosannastadion. The 2-kilometer trail is ideal for classic and skating.