Safer, faster, better
How it all started:
"I needed little money, skied every day and was happy.
In November 2002, I bought about 20 pairs of skis and 15 pairs of boots."
The Skibase story began twenty years ago, inNovember 2001, when I bought the Ski Arlberg season ticket. Back in December it felt like it was snowing non-stop. Still living in the Bavarian Allgäu, near the Vorarlberg border, it was a daily 75-minute drive to the Arlberg region. My wife Susanne and I quickly agreed: we want to stay there.
I was quickly able to team up with a tour operator in Klostertal and let my connection play.
I mediated ski instructors, cooks, service staff and tour guides. Did ski service for the hotel’s rental skis and in return I was able to stay overnight, often in the relaxation room of the sauna when it was full.
Founder of Skibase Arlberg
- Andi Heimpel, born in 1971, trained businessman, who started skiing at the age of four. In 2001 he opened his first ski rental business in Wald am Arlberg.
- He knows the best ski areas in the world and has spent winters in Fernie/Banff in Canada, Crans-Montana, Chamonix, Verbier and of course the Arlberg.
In a small rental house with direct access to the basement, I set up service machines and a binding tester. A hotel garage became the perfect rental spot.
A year later we moved into the basement of the former power plant manager building in Wald. We set up an apartment above the workshop and a holiday apartment with 12 beds on the floor above.
That was the start of my own little shop: Skibase ARLBERG ski rental!
What distinguishes Skibase Arlberg?
All employees are active skiers/boarders.
Skibase Arlberg is the only regional rental company with three locations (in the Klostertal and in Stuben). Anyone who borrows from us can return the borrowed devices at any of our locations.
BENT, EXCHANGE and RETURN easily and conveniently.
We have the right material for everyone– from beginners to professional riders. And for all ages.
Inexpensive, fair prices – quality
Offers and discounts for families (if both parents rent, 1 child up to 9.9 years gets the equipment for free)
We host weekly freeride camps.
We have a test center.