Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park may be known for their Aerial Tram, but they area also home to great southeastern skiing. The Resort offers 10 trails for skiing and snowboarding that are serviced by two quads, one double and one surface lift. The Tennessee resort has 100% snowmaking and offers a great equipment rental program. Ober Gatlinburg's Restaurant and Lounge provides a great meal under cathedral ceilings and in front of a large wood stove.
Ober Gatlinburg is located about 205 miles from Atlanta, Georgia, 197 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina, and 220 miles from Nashville, Tennessee. Major airlines fly into the airports at these locations. Once in the area, you can either drive to the parking area or take the Tram from downtown Gatlinburg up to the ski resort.
Ober Gatlinburg offers 38 skiable acres with an average snowfall of 35 inches. The top elevation is 3,300 feet with a base elevation of 2,700 feet. Total vertical drop is 500 feet. The longest run is 0.94 miles, and the total breakdown of trail difficulty is 25% beginner, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced. Besides the 10 trails, there is one terrain park. Look for the orange oval for the freestyle skiing areas. All trails are maintained with the latest technology snow-grooming equipment.
If you are planning on being on the mountain for multiple days, Ober Gatlinburg offers overnight lockups for ski and snowboard equipment. There is a Snow Sports School for those wanting to learn to ski or board. The season for this resort is typically mid-December to early March. The mountain does offer some equipment rental.
Besides skiing and boarding, there are many other activities on the mountain since it’s a full amusement park, including ice skating, tubing, bumper cars, a mountain coaster and the alpine slide. The Wildlife Encounter showcases animals native to the Great Smoky Mountains. There are also many restaurants and shopping opportunities.