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From Hans to Seppl - follow the traces in the snow

To find the true grey cheese, to meet a real Hans and an authentic Seppl, all of them South Tyrolean originals

This is going to be a truly special snowshoe hike, that much we can guarantee. Exploring the Ahrntal valley, it won't take long for you to hear grey cheese mentioned somewhere. The sunny valley in the north of South Tyrol is particularly known for this local product - a truly special kind of cheese, not quite as grey as the name might suggest, but still quite peculiar. The grey cheese is a traditional South Tyrolean product. For this cheese, sour milk curdles without any rennet. The cheese is extremely low-fat with only 2 per cent of fat content, which makes it one of the most low-fat types of cheese in the world. In 2005, the product was given a so-called "presidio" by the organisation Slow Food, ranking it among the most special and outstanding foods in the world.
Our snowshoe hike will take you through deep snow and wintery landscapes right into the cradle of this specialty. A ropeway ride will take us up to the Speikboden, saving time and breath on the first few hundred metres of elevation gain. As soon as we get off the cable car at the mountain station, we will put on our snowshoes and hike to the Treyer Alm, a traditional hut. The lakes near the hut will now be hidden and resting under a thick layer of snow. Inside the hut, we will finally be able to try the cheese we have heard so much about. Our way back will lead us over the  Gelenkscharte (a notch) and the sunny Speikboden with great views of the Zillertal Alps, the Durrek and the Rieserferner mountains, and finally back to the ropeway station. On your tour, you will get to know Hans and Seppl, two authentic South Tyroleans well worth meeting.
 
Description:
On this technically easy, physically moderately demanding snowshoe hike you can marvel at the great views of the South Tyrolean mountains, taste a very special local product and enjoy the best and most beautiful sides of winter. This is a tour for gourmets and people who know how to enjoy life in one's quiet way.

Characteristics:
Physically moderately demanding tour, technically easy

Requirements:
Physical condition for a hike of 3 ours

Duration:
3-4 hours

Meeting point:
Mountain terminal an the Speikboden, Skischool office, Campo Tures - Sand in Taufers

Time:
Monday, 10:00a.m. (from 5 of dicember 2016 to 17 of april 2017)

Equipment:
Winter clothes, hiking or snowboarding boots, gloves, warm headwear, sunglasses

Rental equipment:
Snowshoes, telescopic walking sticks

Price:
Adults €29.-, children under 15 years €19.-, rental equipment and chees tasting
Without cable ticket

Ahrntal Aktiv

Programms

Between the Dolomites and the glaciers of the Zillertal Alps, there is a lot of room for fun, action and adventures of all kinds - literally. This is the place where incomparable and unforgettable holidays are spent. KREAKTIV and Faszination Berg are your expert partners and the best address for planning adventurous holiday activities. Be it summer or winter, we know how to fill fans of South Tyrol with enthusiasm. The fascination and magic of the diversity South Tyrol has to offer in every respect are brought to life in our Ahrntal Aktiv programmes!
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How to bike – Technique course Basic & Advanced

How to bike – Technique course Basic & Advanced

Monday
The technical mountain bike training offered by KREAKTIV allows you to improve your biking skills within just three hours. We will show you our best tricks and techniques and give you useful tips on how to remain firmly in the saddle in our own outdoor training area. This is an afternoon full of fun awaiting you!
 
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Bike breakdown – repairs on the road

Bike breakdown – repairs on the road

Monday
Has your bike chain fallen off? A puncture on tour? Locked brakes? Does your shifting system not work properly? What do you do now? Spare yourself the necessity of an expensive visit to the LBS and repair your bike yourself. We will show you the best tricks for your DIY bike repair. You will be surprised to see how much you will be able to do yourself.

 
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MTB family tour - bike, castle and ropes

MTB family tour - bike, castle and ropes

Tuesday
Time for one of our highlights! Take a mountain bike, a medieval castle and a bold rappelling manoeuvre, stir them together et voila, you have the perfect recipe for a fun adventure for the whole family. Those who have tried it know that nothing is impossible in the Ahrntal/Valle Aurina.
 
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Cabins and glaciers – High trail of Riva

Cabins and glaciers – High trail of Riva

Tuesday
This hike offers great insights into a beautiful valley situated at considerable altitude. You are going to visit the village of Rein in Taufers, follow well-kept hiking trails, and explore the unspoilt alpine pastures with their old shepherd's huts, many of which have been turned into small gastronomies with an incomparably local flavour. After the initial ascent, this hike leads on through woods and over meadows at a fairly gentle pace, offering a spectacular view on the surrounding glaciers and majestic three-thousanders.
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Glacier tour onto Schwarzenstein peak

Glacier tour onto Schwarzenstein peak

Wednesday
The Schwarzenstein glacier is heaven sent, for despite its height, it is relatively easy to climb, especially in comparison to most of the other glaciers in the Ahrntal valley. This tour does not only lead into perpetual ice, but also to a fantastic vantage point in the Zillertal Alps. The summit is almost at the centre of a long row of majestic mountains.
 
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Panorama bike tour Speikboden

Panorama bike tour Speikboden

Wednesday
During the winter months, the Speikboden is a popular skiing area, and during the summer months it offers a variety of options for hiking. The mountain bike tour proposed here, however, offers a new vision and a new experience of this beautiful landscape. Exploring the Speikboden on two wheels will reward you with great views of a fascinating mountain world.
 
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Sellaronda by bike

Sellaronda by bike

Thursday
As a winter destination, the Sellaronda has reached international fame. We want to take you there in summer, by bike, to cycle around the most impressive massif of the Dolomites. This tour can only be made under the escort of an experienced MTB guide. On your own you will not get any tickets for the Dolomiti Superski lift, which is part of the tour, and the experience.
 
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From water to cheese – hike along the sun path

From water to cheese – hike along the sun path

Thursday
All the good children live on the sunny side, they say. On this hike, we will explore the world of Heidi, Peter and Schnucki, the goat, three cartoon characters living in the Alps. The hike crosses the sunny southern slopes of the Ahrntal valley, taking us past wild water on a beautiful trail leading to an old mountain farm, where cheese is produced. One cheese is called Heidi, the other Schnucki; and there is a good reason for these names. Just wait for the story!
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Taster course for adults and children

Taster course for adults and children

Friday
Nature is the greatest playground. It allows us to learn in a natural way. Forget about artificial holds in stuffy climbing halls. Our taster course is the real thing. We will take you outside where you can acquire basic climbing skills on real rock, enjoying the fresh air and the sunlight. A mountain guide will teach you how to feel out small holds and grips in the roughness of the rock. You will be given numerous tips for climbing and will be shown how to properly secure yourself.
 
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Mountain bike: Super bike tour Ahrntal Ronda - Exploring the Ahrntal valley by bike

Mountain bike: Super bike tour Ahrntal Ronda - Exploring the Ahrntal valley by bike

Friday
The Ahrntal valley has recently developed into a real insider tip for ambitious mountain bikers. Our clever bike tour guides have found the perfect route at the feet of the majestic Zillertal Alps. This MTB tour will not fail to fill you with enthusiasm.
 
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To the glacier of Magerstein/Monte Magro

To the glacier of Magerstein/Monte Magro

Saturday
Extreme mountaineer Hans Kammerlander learnt how to climb and go mountain climbing in the Rieserferner/Vedrette di Ries group, opposite the Zillertal Alps. On our tour, crossing the glacier to reach the summit of the Magerstein/Monte Magro, we will be following in the footsteps of one of the greatest alpinists of our times. While not being technically demanding, the tour still rewards us with a spectacular view.
 
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Enjoyable bike tour along the Ahr/Aurino

Enjoyable bike tour along the Ahr/Aurino

Sunday
A tour for the whole family. Straddling our bikes at the KREAKTIV Basecamp, we will take off on a tour through a truly beautiful landscape. Following the course of the river Ahr/Aurino, we will be cycling through fields, meadows and different recreation areas. On our way, we will get to many nice spots and places for a break, amongst them a lake (an artificial one formed in a gravel pit), a fishing pond, the Rein Waterfalls, and the charming town of Bruneck/Brunico. 
 
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Snowshoe Hike with Graukäse Cheese Tasting

Snowshoe Hike with Graukäse Cheese Tasting

Monday
The valerian spikenard or Alpine valerian (valeriana celtica) is a delicate flower with light blossoms. The Speikboden in the Ahrntal valley is named after this medicinal plant, which is endemic in the Eastern Alps. The place is a popular skiing area in winter and it seems unlikely to find quiet spots there. We will, though. Allow us to take you on a snowshoe hike to a special place that will enchant you.
 
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A snowshoe hike between chamois and hares

A snowshoe hike between chamois and hares

Tuesday
A person, very informally, once said that the village of Rein in Taufers was "in the arse end of nowhere", jokingly adding that it was, however, the prettiest "arse end" anyone could ever see. Curious to see the place for yourself? Then follow us on this snowshoe hike to the sunny village situated at considerable altitude in the north of South Tyrol.
 
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Sample course on ice

Sample course on ice

Wednesday
Icefall climbing looks truly spectacular. Anyone can try it - absolutely anyone. You will get all the necessary tools from us: ice pick, crampons, climbing harness, and a helmet. What you need to bring: yourself and the wish to try something new. Our mountain guide will see about your safety on well-kept climbing routes.
 
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Biathlon: How does Björndalen do it?

Biathlon: How does Björndalen do it?

Thursday
Gliding along the most beautiful cross-country course and standing at the shooting range, we will make you feel like a professional biathlete. Our biathlon taster courses in Antholz/Antelseva (in the last part of the Ahrntal/Valle Aurina) is entertaining, good for your health, and rewards you with great impressions of the South Tyrolean alpine world. Have fun, do some sport, and enjoy beautiful South Tyrol.
 
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"Pressa" and Breite Rast: a snowshoe hike including great views and local specialties

"Pressa" and Breite Rast: a snowshoe hike including great views and local specialties

Friday
Experience pleasurable snowshoe hikes at the Klausberg. A ropeway ride reduces the demands of the ascent, and only a moderate physical effort is required for being rewarded with fantastic views from panoramic viewpoints. The north of South Tyrol never fails to surprise in the most pleasant ways.
 
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