Ober Gatlinburg

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Ober Gatlinburg
Location 1339 Ski Mountain Road,
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
Nearest city Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Top elevation 3,300 feet (1,000 m)
Base elevation 2,700 feet (820 m)
Runs 9
Longest run 3,800 feet (1,158 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, 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 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[edit]

Ski trail

Ober Gatlinburg has ten skiing trails 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
Ober Chute 4400' / 1340m   556' / 170m

There is also a separate ski school teaching area.[1]

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 scenic chairlift is $7 per person to ride, and the weight capacity on the lift is 400 pounds (181 kg). The total ride lasts about 30 minutes,[2] 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. (There are other mountains with the same or better views, but the only way to get there is by a three- or four-hour hike.)


The aerial tramway departs from downtown Gatlinburg and travels west to the resort. There are two 120-passenger cabs, replaced by Doppelmayr in 2007.[3] The 2.1 miles (3.4 km) tram ride runs 17 miles per hour (27 km/h) and takes about 10 minutes, and offers spectacular 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[edit]

The amusement park consists of an alpine slide, aerial tramway, 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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Coordinates: 35°42′11″N 83°33′28″W / 35.70306°N 83.55778°W / 35.70306; -83.55778