Averau Mountain Hut
Family, mountaineering and hospitality
It all began on August 10, 1874 when Santo Siorpaes reached the top of Mount Averau.
The exploits of Santo Siorpaes, one of the greatest mountain guides of his time and author of many first ascents in the most famous peaks of the Dolomites, are located between 1864 and 1881. Among them there are about thirty new routes of which 28 “absolute first ascents”, not only in the valley of Ampezzo or in the surrounding valleys, but also outside his usual area. Mountaineer Julius Meurer reports that in 1878 Santo touched the eleventh peak above 3000 m.
The family started the restaurant business with Santo’s son, Giovanni. He followed in the footsteps of his father and his brother Pietro and at twenty-one was allowed to practice as a professional mountain guide (1890). Thus began a solid activity in the mountains, characterized by twenty first ascents and several repetitions of numerous classic itineraries, popular on the Ampezzo Dolomites and the surrounding area at the time. During this period, Giovanni opened many routes: the most famous is undoubtedly the route Dimai (August 1, 1901 A.Dimai, G.Siorpaes, A.Verzi, I. and R.von Eötvös) on the south wall of the Tofana di Rozes. Thanks to the savings obtained by the profession of Alpine Guide, in the early twentieth century he was able to build a hotel in Cimabanche.
During the First World War, the hotel was destroyed and the family moved to Innsbruck, away from the conflict. Returning to Italy at the end of the war and thanks to a compensation for hotel’s loss, the family took over some hotel activities in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
In 1939, Eugenio “Tati” Siorpaes, son of Giovanni, moved the whole family (his wife Josephine and nine children) to Salzburg.
At the end of World War the family returned to Cortina. Ado, Eugenio’s second son, and his wife Augusta Pansolin inaugurated the Rio Gere restaurant in 1957, still run by his descendants.
In 1980 Sandro Siorpaes, son of Ado, and his wife Paola De Lorenzi acquired the Averau Mountain Hut from the Finazzer family. Opened in 1982, the Alpine Hut is now managed with love and perseverance also by their sons Matteo and Margot.
A fresco on the terrace wall is dedicated to Santo and his exploits, where he greets customers and admires the magnificent panorama of its Dolomites.
“A mighty chamois hunter; an ex-soldier in the Austrian army, and now a custode of forests, and local inspector of roads; an active, eager fellow, brown as a berry, with honesty written in his face, and an open vivacious manner that won our liking at first sight.”
Amelia B. Edwards – 1872
Altitude in meters
Years of history
Where it all began
In 1903 the Finazzer family built a two-storey masonry structure with a low attic, equipped with four 8-bed rooms. The refuge was opened under the German name Nuvolaupaβhütte (Nuvolau Fork Hut).
The refuge was opened under the German name Nuvolaupaβhütte (Nuvolau Fork Hut).
Around the Refuge, a field hospital was set up for first aid and other small wooden buildings for logistical purposes.
End of World War I
After the First World War, the property returned to the Finazzer family, which reopened the hut in the summer.
The Nuvolaupaβhütte but was destroyed in the following years.
In 1974 with the development of the Giau Pass area, the Finazzer family began rebuilding the hut.
Later, Sandro and Paola carried out other renovations in 1985 and 1988. 2010 is a crucial year: the Hut is dismantled and rebuilt to become the wonder we know today.
AVERAU MOUNTAIN HUT
5 Torri | Dolomites | Cortina d'Ampezzo
Località Forcella Nuvolau, 9
Colle Santa Lucia (BL) - Italy
Mid-June - Early October*
Early December - Easter*
*Approximate times. We recommend checking the exact opening dates.
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