Cross-country skiing on the Arlberg offers the following advantages
Numerous cross-country ski trails and prepared routes
Varied trails with alternative gradients
Enhanced snow reliability due to the geographical location
Unique natural scenery in the heart of the Alps
Cross-country skiing classic vs. skating
What are the differences between the two variants?
In the Strolz rental department you will not only find cross-country ski sets for classic cross-country skiing, but also special sets for skating. Both variants differ in essential points that should be taken into account when choosing the right materials. In the classic variant, the skis are longer than in the skating counterpart. This variant is primarily designed for use on cross-country trails, but also enables easy ascents along the trails thanks to an exclusive climbing zone built into the ski. In contrast, the skating variant is characterized by a shorter ski length, which brings a higher degree of agility and dynamics to cross-country skiing. The skating variant does not require a cross-country ski trail. Here, cross-country skiers move on groomed and wider trails. This variant is somewhat more demanding than the classic variant. Therefore, skating is recommended for the more experienced athlete.
Tips for great cross-country trails in Lech and Zürs
Explore the region via cross-country trail
With its 27 kilometers of pistes, Lech offers the right cross-country ski trail for every taste. The cross-country trail from Lech to Älpele is ideally suited for the beginner. Thanks to the shallow gradient, the first cross-country skiing steps on this trail are easy. If you have already gained experience on the trail, you can tackle the Älpele-Spullerwald-Zug route. This trail is all about variety and you will inevitably be immersed in the natural, unspoiled beauty of the area.
If you would rather focus on skating, there are special trails adjacent to the trails that run between Zug and Älpele as well as between Älpele and Tannläger Alpe. Due to the width of the trail, faster and also more dynamic cross-country skiing is available on this route. 17 of the 27 kilometers around Lech are skating trails. Nevertheless, both classic cross-country skiers and skating fans get their money's worth on the Arlberg.