Sustainable tourism in the Hotel Steger-Dellai
Alpine fever, the legendary Paula Wiesinger and Hans Steger
Paula Steger, born Wiesinger, was born in 1907 in Bolzano/Bozen and discovered her passion for the alpine sport in the 1920s. She became one of the most successful ski racers of her time and is still known and remembered today as the legendary "La Paula".
She met her future husband Hans Steger - and cofounder of sustainable tourism - in 1929, during a ski tour in the Dolomites. Hans, who was also born in 1907, in Burghausen (Bavaria), shared Paula's love for the mountains and fell in love with the region after only a few days of climbing on Mt. Sciliar/Schlern. So much so that he spent his entire life there.
As Paula Steger's ski trainer, Hans Steger contributed to her success immensely and was known all around for his teaching talent. He was also known as a pioneer in many modern skiing techniques and accompanied famous individuals to high mountain peaks, like King Albert I of Belgium.
Paula and Hans climbed challenging mountains together and were soon known to be one of the most legendary roped parties in the Southern Alps. First ascents and tours with high levels of difficulty were an integral part of their daily lives.
After World War II, Paula and Hans Steger bought the former Dellai mountain refuge and soon extended it to an alpine hotel in South Tyrol. They ran the hotel with a lot of love and spirit, tending to their guests' every need.
Hans Steger died in 1989, but Paula "reigned" in the Hotel Steger-Dellai until her death. In the year 2000, the alpine hotel was renovated entirely and furnished with all modern comfort. In the year 2001 Ms Paula Steger died after many years of illness.
Their legacy is the Hans-and-Paula-Steger foundation, which was founded according to her wish. She donated her entire fortune to the foundation, which was created to support sustainable tourism and to keep the legacy of the pioneers alive. To the day the non-profit foundation supports the protection of Alpe di Siusi / Seiser Alm, the preservation of flora and fauna, the scientific exploration of the alpine high plain, the mountain rescue services in the Dolomite region and much more.
Today the hosts, who have worked together with Paula Steger during the last years of her life in the alpine hotel in South Tyrol, carry on the philosophy of sustainable tourism.