When you think of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, skiing may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Gatlinburg is typically known for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and downtown's heavy concentration of miniature golf courses, family-friendly attractions, restaurants, old-time photo “saloons,” and shops. But Gatlinburg has even more to offer.
One of Gatlinburg's most popular attractions, Ober Gatlinburg features a variety of fun activities fit for kids and adults. From scenic views along the Aerial Tramway and whizzing through the trees on the Alpine Slide to meeting river otters at the wildlife encounter and winding through the Amaze'n Maze, guests will find dozens of things to do at Ober Galtinburg all during the year. But Ober Gatlinburg offers something else that you won't find anywhere else in the area – skiing!
Fun and convenient, skiing and snowboarding at Ober Gatlinburg is a great way to spend the day with friends and family during a Smoky Mountain getaway. Ober Gatlinburg is located up Ski Mountain Road, so it's easily accessed from downtown and many of our Gatlinburg cabins. The ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg also have four lifts servicing them, so you won't spend the day waiting in line!
While hiking and biking are popular activities in Gatlinburg, skiing is a truly fun and unique way to stretch your legs. Kids and adults will love hitting the slopes and playing around in the snow. And because Ober Gatlinburg has so many other activities, you won't run out of things to do. When you need a break from skiing, just head inside for ice skating, shopping, and arcade games.
Skiing and Snowboarding
The slopes at Ober Gatlinburg feature terrain for all ages and skill levels. Young beginners and old pros will find fun and challenging experiences on the 9 trails here! The two quad lifts, one double lift, and one surface lift will ensure that you spend much more time slicing your way down the slopes than waiting in line. Each slope at Ober Gatlinburg features something unique. Intermediate slopes include Castle Run, Upper Bear, Lower Bear, Ober Chute, and Alpine Way. These slopes vary in length from 1,100 feet to a staggering 4,400 feet! For beginners, Cub Way and the Ski School are a great way to learn the ropes. Advanced skiers will find a challenge on Mogul Ridge and Grizzly, while snowboarders will love testing their skills at the Terrain Park. Spread across the mountain, these slopes are spacious and not too crowded.
For everyone 3 years old and older, the snow tubing area is perfect for easy fun in the snow! Each snow tubing session is one hour and 30 minutes, and ticket sales are first come, first served. Multiple sessions run throughout the day, ensuring that guests get plenty of tubing in during their session. Just like the ski slopes, you won't waste time waiting in line for your turn. Just hop on a tube and slide down the wavy lanes!
Freestyle Terrain Park
Featuring rails, boxes, table tops, spines, and other snow features, Ober Gatlinburg's terrain park is a challenge for snowboarders of all skill levels. In 2009, the terrain park was opened, and it has grown each year since! The professional park crew keeps the park well groomed, and Ober Gatlinburg even hosts events during ski season.
In order to ski at Ober Gatlinburg, you'll need the right equipment. Fortunately, Ober Gatlinburg offers equipment rentals with everything from skis and snowboards to helmets and clothing. If you'd rather buy some of your own gear, head to Ski Mountain Sports – a full-service winter sports outfitter with ski and snowboard equipment, winter sports apparel, and more! If you've brought your own gear, the Tuning Shop can keep your equipment in tip-top shape. The professional staff can sand, wax, and tune your gear to perfection! Get hot wax, a full tune-up, performance wax, binding and adjustments, and more.
Once you've stocked up and have your gear ready, it's time to hit the slopes! If you're new to the skiing and snowboarding scene, stop by the Ski School for a few lessons first. The pros at Ober Gatlinburg's Ski School will help guests of all ages learn in a fun and easy way. Beginners will learn gliding, slowing down, stopping, and turning, all under the American Teaching System. Beginner lessons are mandatory for first-time skiers and snowboarders to ensure the safety of everyone on the slopes. They even offer group and private lessons – the perfect way to start your day in the snow!
You're sure to work up an appetite with all that skiing and snowboarding, and Ober Gatlinburg has you covered there, too. The Seasons of Ober Restaurant offers hand cut steaks, pork, homemade sides, and chicken. For just a quick bite when you need a break from the slopes, check out The Snack Bar, The Market, and the Sidewalk Cafe for burgers, pizza, cinnamon rolls, drinks, and more. And don't forget some homemade fudge from the Fudge Shop!
After a day of skiing, you'll want a warm and cozy place to relax and rest. We have more than 200 cabins to choose from, with many close to Ober Gatlinburg. They feature a variety of amenities, including wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor hot tubs, indoor jetted tubs, big screen TVs, theatre rooms, and much more. All are perfect for staying warm and having fun on cool Smoky Mountain nights!