Wanna ski in Tennessee? Well then you have to head to the Smoky Mountains and the only ski resort in the southeast, Ober Gatlinburg.
Ober is set up for four seasons of fun but originally opened in the early 1960’s, first as a private club but quickly opened to the public. It is located on the top of Mt Harrison 3 miles from downtown Gatlinburg and features not only snow related fun but also a wildlife encounter, an alpine slide, a chair swing, water raft rides, arcade, shopping, ice skating (indoor and year round), a mountain coaster, and more! Fun for all ages and all seasons but for this article I want to focus on the winter/snow related activities.
In doing the research for this article I found out that there is a whole ‘nother language out there when it comes to snow sports! First of all the place the sports takes place is called the Terrain Park. There is a lot of things included in the Terrain Park including boxes, rails, spines, bonks and table tops! For those of you like me who have no clue what all those are suffice it to say they are obstacles to jump over or slide (jib) across on skies or snowboards. Click here to see some jibbing at Ober.
Ober is constantly changing, upgrading and adding new features. This year in addition to adding new obstacles a new ski slope was also opened, now offering nine trails. All the snowmaking pipes were replaced, a holding pond was added which increased their snow making capacity and they expanded their rental fleet. Oh they also have the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistant surface.
For a great place to vacation this winter come to the Smoky Mountains and be sure to visit Ober, even if you don’t ski or snowboard, take a ride on the aerial cable car (one of the world’s longest), eat at one of the eateries and/or visit the shops in the Tramway Mall. There’s always plenty to do in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, a great place to meet up with family and friends, share good times and make great memories. We hope to see you soon!