Skiing in Gatlinburg: Hibernation is for the Bears, Get Out and Play in the Snow!

Tall, white snowy peaks glitter in the bright, glowing Tennessee sun, primed and ready for skiing! You read that correctly – skiing in Tennessee! High atop a mountain overlooking Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg is your premier skiing and snowboarding locale in the heart of the South. No need to venture all the way to mountains of Colorado for fun in the snow. Skip overpriced resorts and stay in your own private cabin in the mountains with Cabins for YOU! Choose a peaceful budget-friendly cabin to come home to for romantic nights in between days spent on the slopes, or a travel with friends to a spacious large-group lodge for a fun group ski retreat!

So why venture to Gatlinburg for your next skiing or snowboarding trip?

Great Climate
In addition to the fluffy white snow of Ober Gatlinburg, visitors can enjoy some milder temperatures below the mountain peaks in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Average temperature highs are in the low 50s from December through February.

Holiday Fun
Gatlinburg Winterfest is an exceptionally special time in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! From late November to early February, visitors to the area are treated to millions of spectacular holiday lights, special shows, and Christmas parades. After a day of skiing down the slopes of Ober Gatlinburg, enjoy the magical evening displays of lights and one-of-a-kind dinner shows in Pigeon Forge!

Play AND Relax
Peaceful forestry blanketed in white and trickling frozen streams creates a beautiful atmosphere surrounding your Cabins for YOU mountain cabin quietly nestled under the snow. Cuddle in front of the warm, crackling flames beyond the stone hearth of the fireplace while sipping on hot chocolate and enjoying a movie during a relaxing night in the cabin. After a restful night’s sleep, hit the slopes of Ober Gatlinburg for wintertime fun!

Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is a fantastical winter wonderland high in the mountains overlooking Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains. Breathtaking views mesmerize before you plunge down the snowy slopes on skis or by snowboard! Ober Gatlinburg provides everything you need for beginners to experts, from instructional courses to equipment rentals. Once you strap on your skis or snowboard, head to the slopes for an exciting day of shredding and having fun!

The Slopes
From beginners to the avid snow sportsman, Ober Gatlinburg provides 10 slopes varying in length and incline. Work your way up through the variety of trails for a day of challenging thrills, or simply enjoy mastering your favorite snowy mountainsides! The trail map makes it super easy to navigate the white slopes, with color-coded lifts and numbered trails. Head to the beginner slope, Cub Way (2), with a smooth incline and wide trail to start your day off slowly and get your adrenaline pumping as you glide down the snow. Once you have your warm-up in, take the black lift to the top of the intermediate trails, Ober Chute (6) and Yeti’s Run (7), each leading to more thrilling, snowy slopes! Mogul Ridge (9) and Grizzly (10) provide advanced runs for those who have mastered the intermediate slopes and are ready for the ultimate winter challenge Ober Gatlinburg has to offer!

Terrain Park
Mix a skatepark with snowy slopes and you get the ultra-cool Terrain Park at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort! Home to regular competitions, Terrain Park is located on the intermediate slope of Castle Run with a cylinder smooth pipe, a flat rail, and more skatepark fun. Boardslide down the rails or watch from the sidelines, entertained by the impressive tricks and the not-so-graceful attempts!

Skiing and Snowboarding Sessions (2018 prices & hours)

There are 3 sessions offered daily, with prices varying in time of your session, age of the skier/snowboarder, and the day:

Full Sessions are best if you plan on spending the whole day out on the slopes and playing in Ober Gatlinburg!

Monday – Thursday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

$36 Adults
$30 Juniors and Seniors

Saturday & Holidays
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

$65 Adults
$55 Juniors and Seniors

Twilight Sessions are perfect for enjoying a slow morning while cooking breakfast, soaking in the hot tub, or sipping on your coffee in front of a fire in your cabin. Plus, it saves you money on your tickets!

Monday – Friday
3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$29 Adults
$25 Juniors and Seniors

Saturday & Holidays
3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$55 Adults
$45 Juniors and Seniors

(Twilight and Night Sessions are not available on Sundays)

Night Sessions provide you plenty of time on the slopes while much of the day crowds have thinned out. Enjoy a day in downtown Gatlinburg eating, shopping, and visiting attractions before taking a ride on the Trolley to Ober for an evening of skiing!

Monday – Friday
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$20 Adults, Juniors, & Seniors

Saturday and Holidays
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$30 Adults, Juniors, & Seniors

(Twilight and Night Sessions are not available on Sundays)

Ski and Snowboarding Classes and Private Lessons
The Gatlinburg Snowsports Center is where you will learn how to glide, slow down, stop, and turn using the American Teaching System. This official system of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, to which your professional ski and snowboarding instructors at Ober belong, has been created to maximize your fun by putting your safety first.

Class lessons are available on a rotating schedule throughout the day to cut down on wait time and get you out on the slopes! Private lessons are provided based on the availability of the staff; just check with the Ski School Supervisor on duty. Private lesson availability is more affected by the volume of business on that day or holidays. Due to the unpredictable nature of business volume, classes are arranged only in person on the day of your ski session.

Newbies! For your safety and the safety of those you will be sharing the slopes with, first-time skiers are required to take a lesson! $19 Ski or Snowboard Class includes 1 full hour of instruction with an expert training professional! Private Lessons provide 1 hour of one-on-one instruction with an expert training professional; add additional students (up to 4) for only $19 per person.

Equipment Rentals

Ober Gatlinburg’s rental room offers everything from equipment to apparel! Suit up like a pro without having to spend money on expensive equipment. With a credit card or a cash deposit (refundable $300 once equipment is returned), you can easily acquire all your equipment!

Ski Rental (Skis, Boots, & Poles)
Full or Twilight Session

$25 per Skier

Night Session

$20 per Skier

Snowboard Rental (Board & Boots)
Full or Twilight Session

$30 per Snowboarder

Night Session

$25 per Snowboarder

Snow Tubing
Less work and so much fun! Settle into your inflatable tube and prepare to fly down the snowy lanes of Ober’s Snow Tubing slope! Ride the Magic Carpet back to the top to race down the hill as many times as you can for an entire hour and a half.  Ober Gatlinburg makes their own snow for snow tubing, so the season is longer beginning November 18 and staying open until April 1. Children as young as 3 can ride with a parent down the giant snow hill!

Snow Tubing Sessions for all riders ages 3 and up are $25 for an hour and a half.

Quick Tips!

  • Weekdays save you quite a bit of money, and the slopes tend to be less crowded.
  • Plan ahead! Get there early to account for time in line and schedule a lesson with an instructor (if necessary).
  • If you are visiting Ober Gatlinburg during the holidays, winter sports are a very fun group activity for friends and family, therefore very popular.
  • Fill out the necessary waivers (provided on Ober Gatlinburg’s website) at home before your trip to cut down on time.
  • Purchase tickets for ski, Snowboard, or snow tubing sessions online to guarantee your time and get you to the slopes faster.

More than a ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg has family fun for every member! Take a ride on the new Mountain Coaster, glide along the indoor ice rink, or enjoy shopping and eating at the indoor Ober Mall.

Ober Gatlinburg
(865) 436-5323
1001 Parkway Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

After an incredibly fun day on the slopes of Ober Gatlinburg, return to your cozy, warm Cabins for YOU cabin in Gatlinburg to start relaxing tired muscles in the hot tub. Snuggle in front of a warm fire or grab a seat in your cabin’s home theater for an in-cabin movie night! A Cabins for YOU cabin is the best way to start and end your day, overlooking peaceful Smoky Mountain views, entertained by awesome amenities, and entreated to a homey atmosphere in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.