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Gatlinburg Skiing Information


One of the great things about Gatlinburg is that there is plenty to do year round. In summer and fall, hiking, biking, climbing and camping are favorites. During spring, wildflowers bloom and people flock to the Smokies for bird watching, sightseeing, and wonderful weather. And in the winter, along with sleigh rides, hot cocoa and holiday events, visitors and locals in the Great Smoky Mountains can hit the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg.

Eight trails, including Ober Chute, Bear Run, Cub Way, Grizzly, and Mogul Ridge, offer something for everyone – from the beginner to the pro. There are 2 quad lifts and 1 double lift, so the wait is never too long, and the snow is always perfectly groomed. Professional grade snow machines are also on hand to supplement the natural snowfall on lighter days. The Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort opens early winter and closes in mid-March. At the summit, skiers will stand 3800 feet above sea level among both open and tree lined slopes. There is even a gift shop, snow sport school, and great dining right inside the ski resort.

Ski Safety

Skiing is a really fun winter activity, but there are some things to know before heading out on the slopes. Here are a few rules to follow:

  • Always stay in control. Be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or aren't visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices that prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Nigh Skiing

It is rare to find a ski slope in the south, let alone one that offers night skiing. Ober Gatlinburg offers a great nighttime adventure down the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg! There are several tree-lined slopes open for your enjoyment including a run that is almost a mile long. The slopes are rated at being 50% intermediate and 25% advanced, with beginner rounding out the last 25%. From mid-December through early March, the ski slopes are open for public use. Equipment rental and classes to learn how to ski are given at the base of the slopes.

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