Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in Gatlinburg TN
Ober Gatlinburg is the popular ski resort in Gatlinburg, TN that opened in 1961 and features year-round activities for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, alpine slides, chair lifts, aerial trams, water slides, kiddie land, and so much more! We’ve put together the ultimate guide to Ober Gatlinburg to showcase the most popular activities and answer some of the biggest questions visitors have such as when ski season begins & ends, lift tickets prices, coupons & discounts, directions, and more!
2016-2017 Ober Gatlinburg Opening Dates
Ober Gatlinburg has officially opened their ski slopes for the 2016-2017 season! You can find the schedules, prices, etc at http://obergatlinburg.com/. Be sure to visit their website for the latest slope report before you visit as weather can impact which slopes they have open.
Ober Gatlinburg Snow Report and Ski Conditions
The best way to find out which slopes are open, depth of the snow, weather, etc is to check the official Ober Gatlinburg snow report. There are a couple of ways to check the report:
1) Call (800) 251-9202 – This is the official snow report hotline with a recording of the current day’s conditions and information. Be sure to call this number the day you plan to visit to make sure slopes are open and what to expect. For example, if the weather is cold and they’re making snow then plan to bring goggles or at least sunglasses as the snow machines can impair your vision.
2) Visit the link below for the official Ober Gatlinburg snow report to see what slopes and lifts are open and get notes about each one:
Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg TN
Skiing is arguably the most popular activity as people come from all over to ski in Gatlinburg, TN. Ober Gatlinburg has ski rentals available for those that do not own ski equipment. They also have ski lessons available from experienced instructors to help beginners learn the basics of skiing. There are a couple of beginner slopes available as well as intermediate and advanced slopes for those that like speed, moguls, etc.
Snowboarding in Gatlinburg, TN
Snowboarding at Ober Gatlinburg became increasingly popular back in the 1990’s and Ober Gatlinburg has grown to welcome snowboarders with open arms. Ober Gatlinburg also has snowboard equipment for rent and instructors available ready to get people up and surfing the snow in no time. The learning curve for snowboarding is often slightly more difficult than skiing (as far as staying up), so if you’re a beginner, be sure to have good padding on your rear your first time!
If you happen to have snowboarding experience, then you’ll love the options at Ober Gatlinburg with the various slopes, speeds, moguls, jumps, and the increasingly popular freestyle terrain park described below!
Ober Gatlinburg Freestyle Terrain Park
One of the hottest additions to Ober Gatlinburg has been the Ober Gatlinburg Freestyle Terrain Park filled with jumps, rails, boxes, tabletops, spines and all sorts of terrain for freestyling. Snowboarders and skiers alike love the terrain park as it’s a great place to showcase skills as well as just sit and watch! With the terrain park being more geared for advanced riders, definitely check out the webpage about Ober’s terrain park for more info and safety information:
Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg
Don’t want to ski or snowboard but still want to have fun in the snow? Then check out the popular snow tubing slope! Maybe you had a winter snow at home where you grabbed a sled or tube and headed to the nearest hill and then proceeded to sled down, hike up, sled down, hike up, sled down, hike up, sled down, LAY down. Well at Ober’s tubing slope, there’s no hiking and the slope is most likely faster and longer than anything you’ve ever sledded down! Each ticket session lasts an hour and a half, giving you all sorts of time to have a blast tubing down and riding the lift back to the top (no hiking!). Children as young as 3 years old can tube (ages 3-5 must ride with an adult), which makes this a fantastic option to get on the snow and have fun with the family!
The hour-and-a-half tubing session rates range from $20-$25 and tickets can be purchased ONLINE if you plan to purchase tickets in advance (not same day). If you want to buy tickets on the same day that you plan to visit, you must purchase the tickets in-person at either their tram office on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg or at their ticket office on top of the mountain. Sessions can get sold out (especially on weekends), so we highly advise purchasing tickets in advance!
You can see more details, rates, and session availability on their website at:
Ober Gatlinburg Lift Tickets
If you plan to ski or snowboard at Ober Gatlinburg, then you’ll need to either purchase a session ticket or have a season pass. There are numerous sessions to choose from with varying prices depending on the length of the session and the day of the week. Weekdays are cheaper than weekends…non-holidays are cheaper than holidays…etc. To see all the available lift ticket prices and sessions, head to the official Ober Gatlinburg Skiing/Snowboarding Session Rates page at:
Ober Gatlinburg Trail Map
The Ober Gatlinburg trail map below shows the available trails and lifts along with the level of difficulty for each. Also shown on the map are the snow tubing park and the freestyle terrain park.
Ober Gatlinburg Coupons and Discounts
There are many Ober Gatlinburg coupons available for the Aerial Tram that carries people from downtown Gatlinburg all the way up to the ski resort. This is a great way to get an incredible view of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains!
The best deal on Aerial Tram tickets is the $2 off each ticket available through the link below. Tickets retail on Ober’s website for $13, but you can get them for $10.85 each through the link below:
$2 off tram tickets through ReserveGatlinburg.com
Other websites that offer $1 off aerial tram rides:
What To Do Guide
Smoky Mountain Monster Coupons
Smoky Mountain Coupon Book
Also, Ober Gatlinburg offers discounts for members of certain organizations such as below:
AAA Ober Gatlinburg offers a $1.00 discount off the price of a round trip Aerial Tram ticket for the cardholder and immediate family members (maximum six).
AARP – Ober Gatlinburg offers a $1.00 discount off the price of a round trip Aerial Tram ticket for the cardholder and spouse.
Groups – Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Please contact their Group Reservations Department at 865-436-5423 ext. 105 or click here for more information. Group rates NOT AVAILABLE for WALK-IN GROUPS on Weekends or Holiday Periods … must be pre-arranged through their Group Sales Dept.
Military – Ober Gatlinburg offers Military members (active & retired) a 50% discount off the price of a round trip Aerial Tram ticket for themselves (Adult Military Rate – $6.50). With the military person present (unless currently deployed), a 30% discount is extended to their spouse & dependent children (adults $9.10 and children $7.35) .
Ober Gatlinburg also offers Military members (active & retired) a 25% discount off the price of Ski Tickets & Ski Equipment Rentals. With the military person present (unless currently deployed), the same discount is extended to their spouse & dependent children.
Directions to Ober Gatlinburg
From the north end of the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, turn onto Ski Mountain Road at traffic light #10. Stay on Ski Mountain Road for approximately 3 miles as the road dead-ends at the entrance of Ober Gatlinburg. There is a $5 parking fee to park at the resort. The address of the resort is:
1339 Ski Mountain Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
The alternative is to take the aerial tramway as mentioned above. You can board the tram from downtown Gatlinburg (near traffic light #10). The cost for 2016-2017 is $13 per adult and $10.50 for children ages 5-11 (4 and under are free), which makes this a more expensive option than driving to the top…however it may be your only option if there happens to be snow on the roads making it dangerous to drive.
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Video
Below is the commercial provided by Ober Gatlinburg showcasing the skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, and more at this popular ski resort in Gatlinburg, TN!
Final Thoughts about Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in Gatlinburg, TN
Ober Gatlinburg offers a ton of activities including some we haven’t even mentioned such as the ice skating rink, arcade, carousel, scenic chair lift, alpine slide, and more! To get the full scoop on everything available, visit the official Ober Gatlinburg website at http://www.obergatlinburg.com/.