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Skiing Information

Ober Gatlinburg located in Gatlinburg Tennessee

About

Ober Gatlinburg is open all year. It has a variety of slopes--from beginner to advanced. Skiing weather in Gatlinburg is sporatic so listen to weather and call before you come. The tram is the best way to get to Ober Gatlinburg which is located high on Mount Harrison which overlooks Gatlinburg. Parking is very limited at the top and a parking fee is charged. Be very careful coming back down the mountain as it is very steep and brakes can overheat. There are a wide variety of other things to do at Ober Gatlinburg such as ice skating, go-karts, Alpine Slide, bungee jumping, arcade, crafts, and a restaurant and lounge.

Rates

  • Round Trip Aerial Tramway: $12.00 for adults 12 and older, $9.50 for children ages 5 - 11
  • Indoor Ice Skating Arena: $9.00 for 3 hour continuous session, includes skate rental.
  • Wildlife Encounter: $7.00 for adults 12 and older, $5.00 for children ages 5 - 11
  • Attraction Tickets: $3.50 each, Book of 10 for $31.50
    • Scenic Chairlift: 2 Tickets or $7.00 per person
    • Alpine Slide (1 Ride): 2 Tickets or $7.00 per person
    • Carousel: 1 Ticket or $3.50 per person
    • Chair Swing: 1 Ticket or $3.50 per person
    • Kiddie Land & Rides (Play as long as you like): 2 Tickets or $7.00 all day
    • Mini Golf: 1 Ticket or $3.50 per person

Skiing/Snowboarding Sessions & Tickets

An area/lift ticket gives you access to the ski slopes for one session of skiing or snowboarding. When you purchase an area/lift ticket, it is good for unlimited use of the ski slopes during your slope session. Everyone must have a valid area/lift ticket at all times to enter the slopes.

Holiday Periods For The 2014-15 Ski Season

(Holiday Rates are the same as Weekend Rates)

Slope Times: 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM During Holiday Periods
December 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015
January 16 - 19, 2015 (Martin Luther King Weekend)
February 13 - 16, 2015 (President's Day Weekend)
Christmas Eve (12/24) Open 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ticket sales end at 2:00 PM)
Christmas Day (12/25) Open 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM (ticket sales end at 5:00 PM)

Slope Times and Area/Lift Ticket Prices

Adults for ages 12 and older
Junior for ages 6 - 11
Senior for ages 60 - 69
Free Area Lift Tickets for ages 70 and over.
Chilren for ages 5 and under 1 free lift ticket per paying adult.

Ticket Types Days Available Adult Jr./Sr.
Full Area / Lift Tickets
Tuesday - Thursday
12 Noon - 10:00 PM
$36 $30
Monday & Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
$36 $30
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
$65 $55
 
Twilight Area / Lift Tickets
Monday - Friday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$29 $25
Saturday & Sunday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$55 $45
 
Night Area / Lift Tickets
Monday - Friday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$20 $20
Saturday & Sunday
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$30 $30
 
Two - Day Area / Lift Tickets

Valid on two consecutive days.
Ages 6 & up
Sales may be suspended during inclement weather.
2 Regular Weekdays
(Mondays - Fridays, Non Holiday Periods)
$62 $50
1 Regular Weekday & 1 Weekend or Holiday Period $91 $75
1 Regular Weekday & 2 Weekend or Holiday Period $120 $100
 
Three - Day Area / Lift Tickets

Valid on two consecutive days.
Ages 6 & up
Sales may be suspended during inclement weather.
3 Regular Weekdays
(Mondays - Fridays, Non Holiday Periods)
$98 $80
2 Regular Weekday & 1 Weekend or Holiday Period $127 $105
1 Regular Weekday & 2 Weekend or Holiday Period $156 $130
3 Weekend or Holiday Period $185 $155
 

Slope Statistics

SUMMIT ELEVATION:       3300 feet
                    BASE ELEVATION:         2700 feet
                    VERTICAL DROP:           600 feet
                    LONGEST RUN:            5000 feet
                    # OF TRAILS:      7 tree lined, 1 open
                    Slope Difficulty:          Slope           Length          Vertical Drop
                    Beginner(B).... 2 Runs    (I)Alpine Way    2,600'          279'

                                              (I)Bear Run      3,200'          393'
                    Intermediate(I).4 Runs    (I)Castle Run    1,100'          163'
                                              (B)Cub Way       1,800'          163'
                    Advanced(A).....2 Runs    (A)Grizzly       3,800'          556'
                                              (A)Mogul Ridge     300'          235'
                                              (I)Ober Chute    4,400'          556'
                                              (B)Ski School    (teaching area)

                    
Lifts: Quad - 2 Double - 1
LIFT CAPACITY - 6000 PEOPLE PER/HOUR
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL - 50 INCHES
SNOWMAKING - 100% SNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES
AVERAGE SEASON - EARLY DECEMBER THROUGH MID-MARCH
NIGHT SKIING - ALL TRAILS EXCEPT GRIZZLY
LESSONS - SMOKY MTN. SNOW SPORT SCHOOL
SKI RENTALS - 2000 SETS STEP-INS AVAILABLE AT AREA
SKI SHOP - ROLF LANZ SKI SHOP AT AREA
DINING - SNACK BARS, FOOD CARTS, CAFE AND OBER GATLINBURG RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
FIRST AID - OPERATED BY NATIONAL SKI PATROL
HOSPITAL - 15 MILES
TRAVEL - GATLINBURG - 10 MINUTES VIA TRAM; KNOXVILLE - 40 MILES (1HOUR) VIA 1-40 EAST TO RT.66 TO RT.441 SOUTH

Facts - America's Newest Aerial Tramway

A new era of transportation to the top of Mt. Harrison begins when the original cable cars of the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway are replaced by a pair of modernized giant vehicles later this month.

Ober Gatlinburg officials announced April 18, 2007 that the switch out of cars in the $1 million project will take place during its annual preventive maintenance period scheduled the last week of April and the first week of May.

The cars were purchased through Doppelmayr CTEC, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Designed, engineered and constructed by CWA Constructions in Olten, Switzerland, the new tram cars and carrier arms are made of a high grade aluminum alloy, the same used in the aerospace industry. CWA is the largest manufacturer of ropeway cabins and gondolas in the world. Construction of the cars and carriers began in November and was completed in mid-March.

The dimensions of the new vehicles are identical to the cars they are replacing, allowing Ober Gatlinburg to use the existing loading docks and towers, though the new trams offer 15 percent more glass viewing area.

The original tram cars have been in service for nearly 34 years. Up until 1972, skiers wound their way slowly and precariously up and down snow-covered Mt. Harrison en route to Gatlinburg's ski resort, which opened in 1962. That winter, the idea to provide a safer, more comfortable means to reach the ski area was explored, and Gatlinburg's Aerial Tramway was born. Construction of the tramway started in September of 1972 and the tramway began operation on August 5, 1973. On August 5, 2007 the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway will celebrate its 34th anniversary.

Installation of the new cars comprises Phase II of Ober Gatlinburg’s continuing effort to keep the tramway system modernized.  During Phase I in 2001, Ober completed a major upgrade to the tramway electronics and computer system and installed new control panels in the cars and replaced the brakes and drive motor to conform to new safety standards.

The switching of the first car will begin on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. The existing tram car will be lowered to the ground at the downtown Tramway terminal and then detached from the carrier arm. The carrier will then be detached from the carriage. A crane will be utilized to remove the tram car and carrier from the loading area, and to place the new tram and carrier. The crew will then attach the carrier arm to the carriage and the tram car to the carrier arm. That tram car will then go to the mountain-top terminal and the same procedure will be used to install the second tram car at the base of the mountain. This process is expected to take five or six days.

Before the tram can re-open to the public, a load test will be performed with the assistance of the Project Engineer from Garaventa in Switzerland, a technician from Frey AG in Switzerland, and elevator inspectors from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Regulations and Compliance Division. Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway is scheduled to reopen on Friday, May 4, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

This entire project is overseen by Danny Dixon, Tramway Superintendent, who has over 31 years of service with Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.  The maintenance staff, many of whom have been employed at Ober Gatlinburg and Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway for a decade or more, will be performing the majority of the installation of the new cars.

The tramway has transported over 18 million passengers since opening, with service from downtown Gatlinburg available approximately every 20 minutes and the ride covering a distance of 2.1 miles to the resort. Along the way, riders of all ages enjoy a magnificent panorama of Gatlinburg and the Smokies, taking in the changing seasons and splendor of the mountains.

Skiing Tips

  • Ski with Care
  • Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country, & other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled skiers.
  • Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others & be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense & personal awareness can help reduce.
  • Observe the code listed below & share responsibility with others for a great skiing experience.

Your Responsibility Code

  1. Always stay in control. Be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or aren't visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill & yield to others.
  5. Always use devices that prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs & warnings. Keep off closed trails & out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge & ability to load, ride, & unload safely.



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