Ober Gatlinburg

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Ober Gatlinburg
Location 1339 Ski Mountain Road,
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
Nearest city Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°42′32″N 83°31′18″W / 35.708969°N 83.52154°W / 35.708969; -83.52154
Top elevation 3,300 feet (1,000 m)
Base elevation 2,700 feet (820 m)
Runs 10
Longest run 4,400 feet (1,341 m) with a 556 feet (169 m) vertical drop
Lift system 2 quad, 1 double, 1 surface
Snowfall 30 inches (76 cm)
Website Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is an amusement park and ski area, located in the mountains overlooking Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA. Established in 1962, the area contains a large mall with indoor amusements, a skating rink, snack bars, a full-service lounge, restaurant, and gift and clothing stores. Outside there is an alpine slide, the ski mountain coaster, a chair swing, a maze, mini golf and a scenic chairlift to the top of Mount Harrison, and kiddie rides. What was formerly known as the Black Bear Habitat where visitors could see bears close-up recently expanded to become the Wildlife Encounter, where in addition to the bears there are animals native to the Great Smoky Mountains such as bobcats, river otters, opossums, raccoons, turtles, snakes, and flying squirrels. An aerial tram connects Ober Gatlinburg to downtown Gatlinburg, about 3 miles to the east.

Ski area

Ski trail

Ober Gatlinburg has ten skiing trails, a terrain park and three chairlifts. It is a very popular winter ski area (being one of the few in the Southeast U.S. and the only one in Tennessee.)

Slopes Length Drop
Alpine Way 2900' / 884m 279' / 85m
Upper Bear Run 3200' / 975m 393' / 120m
Lower Bear Run 1600' / 488m 160' / 49m
Castle Run 1900' / 579m 163' / 50m
Cub Way 2300' / 701m 163' / 50m
Grizzly 3800' / 1158m 556' / 170m
Mogul Ridge   0300' / 90m 235' / 72m
Yeti's Run 700' / 213m 120' / 36m
Ober Chute 4400' / 1340m 556' / 170m
Ski School  Teaching Area Gentle Slope

A multi-lane snow tubing hill opened during the 2008-2009 ski season, where riders can slide down snow chutes on inflatable bobsleds. The lanes are approximately 400 feet (122 m) long with a 50 feet (15 m) vertical drop. The tubing hill is serviced by an outdoor escalator called "The Magic Carpet" ... no hill climbing involved.



The scenic chairlift is $7 per person to ride, and the weight capacity on the lift is 600 pounds (272 kg). The total ride lasts about 30 minutes. Riders can either get off halfway and ride the alpine slide down, or go all the way up. The unique ride runs up into the virtually untouched summit of the mountain and at the top, there is a scenic overlook to take pictures and listen to a live band playing bluegrass music.


The aerial tramway departs from downtown Gatlinburg and travels west to the resort. There are two 120-passenger cabins, replaced by Doppelmayr in 2007. The 2.1 miles (3.4 km) tram ride runs 17 miles per hour (27 km/h) and takes about 10 minutes, and has views of the mountains in the daytime and the sparkling lights of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and beyond at night. The tramway crosses the Gatlinburg Bypass, a road which connects around the north and west side of the town and provides an alternate route of U.S. 441 (Great Smoky Mountains Parkway, or just "Parkway", which is the main street through town). The road is part of adjacent Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Amusement park

The amusement park consists of an alpine slide, the ski mountain coaster, aerial tramway, scenic chairlift, video arcade, black bear habitat, indoor ice skating, miniature golf, water rides, an outdoor maze, a carousel, and an arcade style shooting range.


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