Ober Gatlinburg Jan 2014: Winter Skiing, Tubing, Skating, Shredding and Other Fun Things

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It’s ski season, and Ober Gatlinburg is in full swing! Snow has been falling, both from the sky and from the ski resort’s snow-making guns, and currently there’s a base of around 35 inches of snow, with all but one of the trails open.

All January, Ober Gatlinburg is offering special (weekday) rates for beginner instruction in skiing and snowboarding. But you don’t have to ski to enjoy a trip to Ober: there’s plenty of other activities to watch or participate in at the resort, including snow tubing, ice skating and shopping.

Avoiding the drive and taking the 2-mile trip from downtown Gatlinburg up to the resort on the Aerial Tramway is a fun experience in itself, with spectacular views of the snow-covered Smoky Mountains, from one of the largest aerial cable-car operations in the country.

Snow_Tubing_Hill-500x333Kids and the young at heart will love the snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg. And it requires no practice or skill to get right – you must be over 3 years old, and be able to sit! The acclaimed tubing park has nine lanes in a 400-ft run with a 50-foot vertical drop. And it has its own lift, as well as full snow-making coverage to ensure that conditions are always optimum.

For those who DO have some skills, and advanced ones at that, Ober Gatlinburg also offers a freestyle Terrain Park, where rippers and shredders practice their moves on pipes and rails – breathtaking to watch even if you don’t understand the words!

For a more peaceful life you can go indoors at Ober Gatlinburg and visit the restaurant and shops, and watch or join the skaters in the huge ice arena, the centerpiece of the enclosed Mall.

For more information check the Ober Gatlinburg web site: www.obergatlinburg.com. You may also enjoy our earlier coverage of OctoberFest at Ober, and ISI Team Competition Ice Skating.

Here are some more views from up on the mountain:

Making Snow

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About Carrie Waxler

Carrie Waxler

I've worked for Gatlinburg Falls since March 2011. Lived in TN since 1996. I have now hiked Mt. LeConte three times. I've been on every trail that leads to the top. The last one we hiked up the Boulevard. I have walked my first 2.7 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Only 2176 miles to go. I plan to hike the Appalachian Trail when my children graduate. I also love lake kayaking on Cherokee Lake and Douglas Lake. We take our kayaks camping to middle Tennessee as well for river kayaking. I love talking to guests from the places I've visited or lived. Brings back many good memories. I love to be where people are having fun.