You may be surprised, but Ober Gatlinburg is the only ski resort in the entire state of Tennessee. Open from December to March, this is one winter experience you don’t want to miss!
Skiing in Gatlinburg
On the slopes of Ober Gatlinburg, you will find terrain for all ages and skill levels. There are a total of 9 trails so whether you’re a beginner or prefer a challenge, you will find something to suit your skiing needs here. The slopes boast two quad lifts, one double lift, and one surface lift so you are able to spend most of your time having fun rather than waiting in line.
First time on the slopes? No problem! Ober Gatlinburg offers classes as well as rental equipment and will get you slicing down the slopes in no time. Beginners should spend their time on the Ski School Slope and Club Way. Intermediate skiers should head more toward Ober Chute, Bear Run, Castle Run, and Alpine Run Trails. Finally, for those advanced skiers looking for a challenge, head on over to Grizzly Trail and Mogul Ridge. Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean your fun has to stop. After dusk, all of the trails are lit for night skiing.
For the Non-Skiers
Skiing not your thing? Don’t worry! Ober Gatlinburg has plenty to offer everyone. From the Ski Mountain Coaster to the Aerial Tramway, you can find fun for the whole family!
Ski Mountain Coaster
Sitting high atop Mt. Harrison, just below the peak, the ski mountain coaster is a year-round attraction at Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area. As a new attraction that just opened August 31st, 2015, the coaster is approximately a 3,750 feet and 5 ½ minute ride. The attraction was built by a partner of Ober Gatlinburg who is the leading manufacturer of mountain coaster and slides throughout the United States. You can enjoy the first 1,000 feet of the ride calmly heading uphill through the woods. Once reaching the top, riders speed down through turns, dips, corkscrews and more up to 25 mph!
From downtown Gatlinburg, take the aerial tramway, a 2.1-mile ride up to the Amusement Park & Ski Area. While this is a means of transportation to the fun that awaits, this is fun for the whole family. The beautiful views of the mountain as well as the ride or much more than just a way to get up the mountain! Before the aerial tramway was built in 1972, skiers would have to drive up a winding road to get to Ober Gatlinburg. The aerial tramway celebrated its 40th anniversary on August 5, 2013.
Take a look into the surrounding wildlife at Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter. Here you can find a family of black bears, river otters, raccoons, bobcats, owls, flying squirrels, skunks, and local reptiles! The black bear exhibit houses Ober Gatlinburg’s two-generation family including Minnie and BJ, and their grown 3-year-olds, Holly and Chief. After viewing the bears, head on down to the underwater viewing area at the otter exhibit. See what these river otters are up to both above and below the waterline. The Wildlife Encounter features a special Nocturnal House that is home to animals native to the Smoky Mountains, such as raccoons, skunks, flying squirrels, turtles, and snakes.
Plan Your Trip
With great skiing and other activities to do right here in Gatlinburg, TN, make sure to plan your trip with Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg today! We offer many properties close to Ober Gatlinburg making it even easier for you to spend your day on the slopes!
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