You hear the phrase “ski resort” and think of snow and the kinds of activities it creates – skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, and all the rest. Yet, the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in Gatlinburg, TN is a four-season destination with a surprising list of activities for people of all ages. Whether you are planning a visit to the Smokies or you are a long-time resident who has yet to pay a visit, you will love all that Ober Gatlinburg offers.
For springtime visitors, there are regular activities and great special events. Many come just to hop on the Aerial Tram that takes guests up to the mountain’s peak where 360 degree views leave them in awe. You catch the tram from downtown Gatlinburg and it transports you over 2 miles of scenic beauty before reaching the Amusement Park and the ski area.
Upon arrival, you can visit the indoor ice skating rink, whoosh down the mountain on the Mountain Coaster, climb aboard the ice bumper cars, climb the rock wall, enjoy a rush as you take the Alpine slide, hop on the Scenic Chairlift, and more. And depending on the time of year, you might enjoy the Spring Fling, Easter Sunrise Service, UpHill 5K, Mayfest and other spring events.
Super Summer Fun
Though winter is king at Ober Gatlinburg, visitors can enjoy shopping and dining, and special events like the Sevier, Cocke & Jefferson County Days, the special Saturdays in Summer and the Ober Off Road 5k. All of the springtime events are still available, as well as the Wildlife Encounter, Chair Swing rides, water rides, mini golf and more.
Autumn Color…and Fun!
Fall is also a special time for visitors to Ober Gatlinburg and you can enjoy lots of seasonal events, including the ever-popular Oktoberfest, the Back in Blue Rail Jam, and for those who are color-blind, the facility has special viewers that let everyone enjoy the amazing colors of the season. It’s also the ideal time to purchase a season pass before prices go up for the winter! The fall season is also a fun time to try out the Amaze’N Maze if you haven’t done so, as well as hopping aboard the carousel, visiting Kiddie Land, or paying a visit to one of the restaurants, cafes or kiosks.
After all, you can savor the amazing views from the Seasons of Ober restaurant all year long, but with autumn color, it is stunning. There is also the Ober Loft Lounge, The Market, the Sidewalk Café, the popular Fudge Shop, and a few eateries in town where you catch the tram!
Yes, Ober Gatlinburg is definitely the region’s only ski destination, and the state’s top-rated spot for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Whether you are a dedicated “bunny slope” skier who has not mastered downhill or a daredevil who loves the rush of the slopes, there is plenty for all. There is ice skating for those who are not interested in skiing and even special activities like Ober Rocks, the Annual Special Olympics, church services, food drives, and the Ober Jam Weekend (with USASA slope style competitions).
So, this autumn, it is time to think of your upcoming winter (and spring, summer and autumn) activities – and Ober Gatlinburg is definitely a place to find it all!