Average Inches of Snowfall? We make winter happen at Ober Gatlinburg. We have two different types of snowmaking systems, with the ability to pump out 300 tons of snow per day.

Number of Slopes? 10

Backcountry Access? No

Pass Prices?

$349 for season passes. There are also single, double, and triple day passes available. These vary in cost depending on the day of the week and holidays.

Opening Day Date? Projected opening date early to mid December.

Driving Distance to Nearest Major City/Cities?

  • Washington, D.C. (500 miles)
  • Richmond, VA (450 miles)
  • Charlottesville, VA (375 miles)
  • Roanoke, VA (275 miles)
  • Lexington KY (225 miles)
  • Charlotte, NC (200 miles)
  • Winston Salem, NC (225 miles)
  • Atlanta, GA (200 miles)
  • Chattanooga, TN (150 miles)

 

What’s new?

We have installed new equipment to make even more (and even better!) snow. We have also upgraded our pipes to our seven pond reservoirs to allow for more efficient production. Our tubing park is open and will now stay open until April.

What are the best après ski activities at the resort and in the area?

Our Seasons of Ober Restaurant has a fabulous variety of meal options for dinner after a day on the slopes. Also, The Loft Lounge, off of the Seasons of Ober Dining Room has a full bar and plenty of draught beers. The Tram offers safe transportation down the mountain in the event that it’s necessary. Gatlinburg has a fabulous nightlife including some fan favorites: The Ole Smoky Moonshine and Distillery, Mellow Mushroom, and plenty of family friendly eateries.

 

Where do you recommend visitors buy their gear?

Ski Mountain Sports is our winter outfitter atop the mountain. As a full-service winter sports center specializing in ski and snowboard equipment and winter sports apparel, we carry the latest fashions for the whole family and state-of-the-art ski and snowboard technology. A variety of smart winter accessories are available to help all of our guests enjoy their time on the slopes.

Any local beers / spirits in the area that our readers have to try?

There are Local and National beers on tap regularly at Seasons of Ober & The Loft Lounge: Fat Tire, Angry Orchard, Sweet Water IPA, Yee Haw, Highland Gaelic, and Highland Oatmeal Porter. Seasonal specialties, are on rotation regularly.

Also, make sure to check out the local Moonshine scene. Even if you think moonshine is questionable, “when in Rome” applies to Gatlinburg. There is something for every taste. Additionally, there are several surprisingly delicious local wineries to check out.

 

What are the best off-the-slope activities that you offer?

Snow Tubing, Ice Skating and anything in the Loft Lounge  are our favorite off-the-ski-slope activities!  We also have plenty of fun for the whole family, including the Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Amaze’N Maze, Carousel, Kiddie Rides, Chair Swing, Wildlife Encounter, Cubbie Snow Zone (a safe area for kids to play in some snow), shopping, dining, and don’t forget— the Aerial Tramway!  Stay overnight in one of several downtown Gatlinburg Hotels and park your car for the weekend while you hit the slopes, dine or shop!

 

Where do you suggest your visitors stay in the area? And if they want to buy in the area?

We have several options whether our guests are looking to stay in a cabin, hotel, condo, etc—there are thousands of rentals in the Gatlinburg Area.  Please check out our Preferred Lodging Partners here.

What do you offer beginners who want to learn to ski?

Get the most out of your Ober Gatlinburg winter experience by learning from our expert training professionals at the Gatlinburg Snowsports Center.

We use the successful American Teaching System for beginners through advanced skiers and snowboarders, emphasizing fun and safety first. We are members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). You are taught the techniques of gliding, slowing down, stopping and turning, so you can capture the thrill and excitement of the sport while having fun.

To help promote your safety and the safety of others, a beginner lesson is mandatory for first time skiers and snowboarders. Group and private lessons for adults and children are available.