Explore Ober Gatlinburg – Gatlinburg, TN

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

Skiable acres? 36

Pass prices? $339 for season passes. We offer different types of passes. Discounted Early Bird prices available yearly. Check the website for more details.

Opening day? Our projected opening date is early to mid-December.

Number of lifts? 4

Longest run? Ober Chute. It is 4,400 feet in length with a vertical of 556 feet.

Base/summit elevation? 2,700 ft / 3,300 ft

Driving distance to nearest major cities?

  • Washington, D.C.500 miles
  • Richmond, Va.450 miles
  • Charlottesville, Va.375 miles
  • Roanoke, Va.275 miles
  • Lexington Ky.225 miles
  • Charlotte, N.C.200 miles
  • Winston Salem, N.C.225 miles
  • Atlanta, Ga.200 miles
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.150 miles

What guidelines and protocols have you put in place to keep visitors and employees safe during COVID-19?

Head to Ober Gatlinburg’s website for all COVID-19 guidelines and updates.

What’s new at the resort this year?

We recently installed 15 new SMI Polecat snow guns last year, including 12 Super Polecats and 3 standard Polecats!  Our new snow guns are also now automated and turn on when the temperature and humidity are just right! We have repositioned the old Tram Car to be the new Ski Patrol Hut at the top of Red Lift. We have also added a new year-round biergarten, Summer Tubing, and Ice Bumper Cars.

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

The onsite Loft Lounge and Seasons of Ober Restaurant both offer a wide selection of food and drinks for skiers and snowboarders in need of refreshment!

Where do you recommend visitors buy or rent their gear?

Ober Gatlinburg rents everything from helmets and jackets to snowboards, skis, boots, and poles. For those who wish to purchase equipment or apparel, Slopeside Apparel & Gifts and Ski Mountain Sports have stores onsite. Shop brands like Mountain Hardware, Adidas, Helly Hanson, Keen, Burton, and Columbia.

How many beginner, intermediate, and expert trails are there?

We have 2 beginner, 6 intermediate, and 2 advanced trails, plus a terrain park.  This year, we have worked on our terrain park features that will make learning easier!

What activities are available beyond the slopes?

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Ober Gatlinburg also offers snow tubing and indoor ice skating. The Ski Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, and Wildlife Encounter all remain open year-round as well.

Where is the best place to stay in the area? And if they are looking to buy?

We have an entire list of Lodging Partners listed on our website! There are thousands of options to choose from including every size cabin, hotels, motels, condos, etc.

What do you offer for beginners who want to learn how to ski or snowboard?

Ober Gatlinburg is a great place for beginners! We offer Ski School every day, all day when the slopes are open. No reservations are necessary! Group lessons are $25/person/hour and private lessons are $65/hour. We also have a $160 progressive 4-day Wintersports Discovery Program lesson package that includes 4 rentals, 4 lessons, and 4 lift tickets in the package

What are the best runs and why?

They’re all great in their own ways, but Grizzly is our wonderful hidden gem. It is a long run with steep, varied terrain that is nestled along the tree line. It is one of our advanced runs and has less traffic than the others. It also offers nice views!

Do you offer any family-friendly activities?

Ober Gatlinburg is fun for the whole family! During the winter season, many of our visitors do not actually ski or snowboard— we offer plenty of activities for all generations! We have rental ski and snowboard boots from toddler size 6 to adult size 16. For those too little to hit the slopes, we offer the Cubbies Snow Zone where they can enjoy the snow too. Snow tubing is a low-skill, high thrill type of activity for everyone starting at age 3!

Are there activities available in the off-season?

Yes! Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement area in the summer! When the slopes aren’t in use, we offer midway of rides and activities such as Ice Bumper Cars, miniature golf, rock climbing wall, the Amazin’ Maze, chair swings, and more. When the weather heats up, cool down on one of our three water slides or on our indoor Ice Skating Rink! We also host several events and festivals throughout the year, including Oktoberfest in the fall.

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