After last year's success, the Glisse and Fromages AOP Challenge returns to three of Auvergne's biggest ski resorts: Super Besse, Mont Dore, and Le Lioran.

During the 2010 winter holidays, families can enjoy a programme showcasing the five AOP (Appellation of Protected Origin) cheeses of Auvergne.

Cantal, Saint Nectaire, Fourme d'Ambert, Bleu d'Auvergne, and Salers take centre stage during the event. While many visitors follow Auvergne's Route des Fromages in the summer, the Glisse and Fromages AOP Challenge gives winter tourists a chance to discover the gourmet side of the region through meetings with cheese makers, tastings, and tips for really savouring good cheese.

The Association of Auvergne Cheeses explains, "Holiday makers come to Auvergne looking for two things: ski resorts with beautiful landscapes and groomed ski areas and a friendly atmosphere in which to discover regional specialities. It just seemed natural to combine ski activities and a fun event highlighting our five AOP cheeses."

This free event, open to young and old alike, includes cheese tastings and a chance to meet the cheese producers of course. Visitors will also come away with an assortment of recipe ideas and a sledge, whether they win or lose the friendly sledge race that will be organised. There will also be a quiz to test your knowledge on Auvergne's five AOP cheeses, with lots of prizes to be won.

New this year, Rosabelle, a giant inflatable cow invites visitors, especially children to come try their hand at milking. This unique hands-on experience aims to teach children where milk (and thus cheese) comes from.

From Feb. 8 to March 3, the Glisse and Fromages AOP Challenge will be at Mont Dore every Monday, at Super Besse every Tuesday, and at Le Lioran every Wednesday.

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