History of the Hotel Steffisalp****
The charming Walser village of Warth am Arlberg has had a strong skiing tradition since as early as 1894. Let us take you on a trip through the past and learn more about how the 4* Hotel Steffisalp in Warth came to be.
Overview of the key historical milestones
The history of the founding of Warth
In the 1920s, pioneers of skiing founded the Ski Club and Ski School in Warth. At the beginning of the 1960s, life in the mountainside farming village on the Arlberg was still hard, austere and deprived. The establishment of the hotel and tourism industry on the Arlberg offered an opportunity to ensure the future development of Warth.
Investors and pioneers of skiing in the local region of Warth, Lech and the Rhine Valley
Countless investors from the Rhine Valley, Warth and Lech, as well as visitors from Germany, had great confidence in Warth and its potential as a winter sports destination. They founded Skilifte Warth Strolz KG on June 1, 1963. The construction of the Steffisalp single-seater chair lift in 1963 was intended to have a decisive influence on the village. With plenty of pioneering spirit, courage, and passion, they created and expanded the basis for tourism in Warth am Arlberg.
“Since the Steffisalp was opened a good 15 years ago, a lot has changed in the hotel business. I am especially proud of the fact that we can welcome our guests back every year with excellent quality and warm Walser hospitality.”
Wolfgang Telser, Managing Director
50 years of Skilifte Warth on the Arlberg
The investors’ courage bore fruit in the ‘70s. The ski lifts ascend to the third-largest ski resort in the Vorarlberg region. The Austrian Championships and Wiltrud Drexel’s success in the Olympics made a significant contribution to raising Warth’s profile.
Decision to build the Jägeralpenbahn cable car in 1979 – the Skilifte Warth company operated 8 cable cars and the connection to Schröcken by this time. In the 1980s, more and more visitors were drawn to the region for winter sports:
Now, more than 50 years on, what started as a company operating a single ski lift now employs more than 200 staff in the winter season.
Hotel Steffisalp**** in Warth am Arlberg
Another milestone was reached in 2005. The Skilifte Warth mountain cable car association invested in an innovative hotel concept for the first time – the Hotel Steffisalp. Formerly operating solely as a restaurant, it has now become a first-class, four-star hotel offering a modern Alpine lifestyle, right on the slopes: