Located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg is, not surprisingly, the only ski resort in the state. However, it has so much more to offer than just skiing. It’s a complete family vacation spot with an amusement park, indoor ice skating, a bungee tower, an alpine slide, and many other activities and attractions. There is sure to be something to please everyone, including the extreme sports enthusiast.
With an elevation of 3301 feet, and a vertical drop of 600 feet, Ober Gatlinburg features eight trails: two beginner trails, four intermediate trails, and two advanced trails. There are three lifts, including two quad lifts, one double lift, and one surface lift. The season runs from the middle of December through early March, and night skiing is allowed on all trails except the Grizzly trail.
Rentals are available for both ski and snowboarding equipment. Private and group skiing and snowboarding lessons are also available through the Smokey Mountain Snow Sport School. Food is accessible at every turn with the many snack bars, food carts, the onsite café and restaurant.
While you’re there, you have to experience the longest chair lift ride in the south! You’ll see all the awesome views of the Great Smoky Mountains and get a bird’s eye view of some of the slopes. You can have your picture taken on top of the mountain. If you’re not much of a skier, don’t worry! You can ride back down the mountain on the chair lift as well. Don’t forget the Tramway. It departs from downtown Gatlinburg and takes you to the ski resort and the amusement park.
Even if skiing is not your thing, you can still explore the thrill of flying down a mountain at a high speed – or a slow speed if you choose. This is possible with the Alpine Slide. This slide is approximately 1800 feet long, and takes you down a winding wooded slope. You have total control over your speed with the use of a braking device on each sled. Other attractions at the amusement park include the Black Bear Habitat, a bungee jump, a water race, go karts, indoor ice skating, kiddie land, an arcade, miniature golf, a Spider Web Velcro Wall Jump, water rides, and a shooting range.
No matter what type of fun or adventure you are seeking, there is literally something for everyone in the family to enjoy at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park. This is definitely a trip worth taking – even if you have younger kids or senior citizens traveling with you.