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.