The Great Smoky Mountains are a year round destination for people seeking natural beauty and outdoor activities. In the winter you can find some of the region’s best opportunities for skiing and other winter sports at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. The resort has recently announced that it will be opening on November 22 for the 2014/2015 season! Read on for everything you need to know about what is going on at Ober this winter.
Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg
Late November is the perfect time to go snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg! This great activity requires no prior experience; all you have to do is jump on an innertube and let gravity do the rest. Snow tubing at Ober is appropriate for everyone ages three and older, so your whole family can enjoy a day on the slopes.
Ober is open for snow tubing Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Weekday snow tubing sessions are $20 and weekend sessions are $25. Each session lasts one hour and thirty minutes.
Skiing and Snowboarding at Ober Gatlinburg
While the slopes are already open for snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding season begins in the middle of December. Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort has nine ski slopes to accommodate people of all levels of experience. They are, in fact, in the process of building yet another ski slope, Yeti’s Run, which will be more than 600 feet long!
If you are coming with a large family or group of friends, you can take advantage of group rates for skiing. People who live nearby or who plan to visit the area several times during the winter can purchase an Ober Gatlinburg season pass. This not only gives you access to slopes but also added benefits such as unlimited ski lift rides and aerial tramway rides.
Other Activities at Ober Gatlinburg
Here are just a few of the other great things guests will enjoy when they visit Ober Gatlinburg this winter:
Ice Skating – The indoor ice skating arena is open year round. You can go skating for three hours for $9, which includes renting skates.
Aerial Tramway – Provides spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains. This ride will take you from downtown Gatlinburg to the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in the most scenic route possible. The tramway is also a great way to avoid the hassle of driving to Ober.
Kiddie Land – A playground with tunnels, slides and ladders for your kids to enjoy.
Wildlife Encounter – See a variety of wild animals, including bear cubs, birds of prey, otters, and bobcats.
For more information about all of the seasonal fun, visit the official Ober Gatlinburg website:http://www.obergatlinburg.com
Where to Stay Near Ober Gatlinburg
Going skiing in Gatlinburg is just one of the many reasons to visit this beautiful area during the winter. Bear Camp Cabins offers a variety of comfortable and luxurious cabins in Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge. Our cabins come in all sizes and have amenities such as hot tubs, Wi-Fi, fireplaces, game rooms and incredible mountain views. The particular features differ from cabin to cabin, so you can find a cabin with the perfect accommodations for your group. Give us a call today to book your getaway in the Great Smoky Mountains!