Gatlinburg is fortunate in so many ways; its ideal situation in the Smokies adjacent to thousands of acres of National Park land is one tremendous asset. Another is that Gatlinburg is home to the only ski resort in the state of Tennessee! That's right, and if you're not a skier there are still tons of great winter activities to enjoy up at Ober Gatlinburg, including snow tubing, ice skating and just plain romping in the snow.
Skiing and Ice Skating at Ober Gatlinburg
Skiers of every skill level are invited to come up to Ober Gatlinburg for a day on the slopes. The slopes at Ober opened on November 29. Bookmark this slope report page that provides information on conditions, ticket sales, ski and snowboard rentals and more. This page has all of the ticket rates. If you plan on hitting the slopes often here this season, a season pass might prove to be an economical way to go: http://www.obergatlinburg.com/rates/season-passes/
You can get lessons provided by the Gatlinburg Snowsports Center at Ober Gatlinburg. Learn to ski and snowboard! Beginner, group and private lessons are available and everyone at every skill level can have fun. Please visit this page for more info http://www.obergatlinburg.com/ski/lessons/ and you can call 865-436-5423 to find out more about lessons.
Advanced skiers will love the 9 trails and multiple lifts which means you'll do more skiing and spend less time waiting for a lift. The great thing about Ober Gatlinburg is they have advanced snow making technology and all their slopes take advantage of that, so as soon as the weather is conducive to snowmaking, the snow is created and ready for you!
Ice skaters can enjoy a fun day at Ober in the indoor ice skating rink. Ice skating is a year round activity here; it's a fun outing for the entire family. Ober has over 400 pairs of skates for rent so there's plenty of room for everyone at their 140' x 75' rink. Please note that kids 6 or under must be accompanied by a paid adult age 18 or older. Ages 4 and under are free. There's a lot of fun waiting for you at the skating rink and it's a great activity that is always available, rain or shine.
Visit Mt. LeConte Lodge
While this year's season just ended on November 26, it's never too early to get your reservations in for 2014. Plan a spring trip to Gatlinburg now and get your name in for reservations as they are already 85% booked for overnight guests for 2014. If you're up for a hike to one of the most popular and beautiful spots in this area, then plan a hike to Mt. LeConte. We have all the details in our recent post, complete with descriptions on trails and what services are available in-season for day hikers.
Learn more about the lodge here and in 2014 plan either a day hike (you can stop at the lodge for lunch) or a night's stay (depending on reservation availability, please plan ahead and get your reservations in early).
Take a Trip to Clingmans Dome for Hiking and Cross Country Skiing
Clingmans Dome Road, which is closed to vehicles Dec. 1 - March 31, is open during this time to cross-country skiers and hikers. Clingmans Dome Road is about a tenth of a mile from Newfound Gap. You can ask about it at the Sugarlands Visitors Center. You'll need to keep on top of current road conditions and snowfall levels in the area, and it's a good idea to ask about these conditions before you venture up to go hiking or skiing. Take a look at this ADayintheSmokies.com blog about winter sports at Clingmans Dome. It is complete with photos and firsthand accounts of people who have enjoyed winter sports in that area.
We hope some of these winter sports ideas get you excited about visiting Gatlinburg soon. You can access more snow sports info from Great Smoky Mountains National Park here:
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