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Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Resort Reviews

by: TresHojas - 2nd January 2010

  • 3
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 1Terrain Park
  • Overall Value
Great tubing run and night sking
Very congested during the day

Full review

I brought my family and friends (4 adults and 3 kids) to ski on Dec 27th though the 30th. I was amazed at the long line of cars trying to enter the amusement park. I say amusement park because that is what Ober is. Ober is not set up to handle the 3000 plus daily visitors it received, but with patience, and some good advice, you can manage not to get mauled by the many inexperinced skiers that routinely crash into each other. First, if you want to bring your family for an awesome tubing time, make sure that you are waiting at the gate no later than 7:30am. The main gate opens at 8:00am, pay your $5 for parking, and head directly to the top of the hill. Once there, immediatley exit your vehicle, go into the front door and head to the back left of the building and get in line. Select the 1:00pm session (read below for further explanation). If you do not follow this advice, you will be number 300 in line by 8:15am and miss out on the tubing. By the way, make sure that your whole tubing party is with you or they will not be able to get a braclet and you woke up early for nothing. Second, if you want to do some family sking or serious sking, do not go during the morning session. You can't walk around the general area or ski without someone running into you. There is simply not enough room. Select the 3:00pm to 10:00pm session and take your time. The slopes will not clear up unitl 5:00pm. After 5:00pm, you finally have enough room to teach your kids how to ski without having to dodge the many, many, many out of control skiers. After 7:00pm, send the kids to bed, and ski to Ober Chute as many times as you can. It is one of the only 4400' runs that you can find in the south and it is the only reason worth going to Ober. Third, if you want to take group lessons, bring a snack and folding chair while you wait in line. Pay the $60 for a private lesson. Ask for T.J. Last, I suggest staying in a chalet as close to the park as possible. If not, make sure that you have plenty of gas to wait in line in your car. Would I go back to Ober again? If they would restrict the number of visitiors each day, then yes.

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