If you have been looking for one of the top ski destinations in the country, you have picked right with a visit to Gatlinburg. Our vacation destination has everything you need for a thrilling winter sports journey like no other. If you are new to skiing in the area you may have a few questions about what kind of services are available and where you can find your gear at. Take a look at our handy ski guide to Gatlinburg:
When you arrive at Gatlinburg you will know where exactly you need to do go. Ober Gatlinburg is the primary ski destination here in the area and it does not disappoint. This award-winning park features some of the finest slopes and services available in all of the area. Getting to Ober Gatlinburg is extremely easy too; all guests need to do is board the Aerial Tramway located in Downtown Gatlinburg without having to drive in the snow. This lets you book a vacation rental in downtown Gatlinburg and still have easy access to the immediate mountains. On average, Ober Gatlinburg is open for skiing and snowboarding from around early to mid-December through mid-March. Specific dates always fluctuate year to year depending on Mother Nature and the snowfall that the area has experienced. Ober Gatlinburg is also unique in how it creates snow from the moisture in the area. Their snow making machines ensure the slopes stay fluffy with real snow all season long.
Skiing and Snowboarding
The Ober Gatlinburg slopes are open to all skiers and snowboarder with approved gear and a ski area ticket. In order to use the slopes all riders need to purchase a ski area ticket in advance or at the time of your arrival. Skiing and snowboarding are always popular activities in the area, so prior reservations are always recommended, especially on the weekend. If your gear needs some tune-up or you do not have the necessary gear, you can always visit on the onsite gear shop. All beginner skiers and snowboarders who have yet to hit the slopes will be required to take an introductory lesson from Ober Gatlinburg’s qualified instructors. This way you will be ready to hit the steeper slopes all on your own without going in without experience.
Rental and Gear Shop
As mentioned, Ober Gatlinburg will take care of all your gear needs with their onsite gear shop. Due to the frequent use of the rental shop all rentals can only be made the day of and in person. If you are looking for a pair of skis or a snowboard you have come to the right place. Each rental is made for the day, allowing you plenty of time to carve down the slopes. Each ski rental will include the skis, boots, and poles while all snowboard rentals will include both the board and boots. Other rental shops in the area may make you pay separate fees for each individual rental. A limited number of helmets, jackets, and pants are also available to rent with adult and children’s sizes currently available. If you need rental gear, Ober Gatlinburg has you covered.
Getting the hang of snowboarding and skiing varies for each rider out there. Some may become quick experts while others may need a few extra times of practice. All first-time riders will need to complete an introductory lesson with one of Ober Gatlinburg’s knowledgeable staff members. This allows you to get the hang of winter sports and lower your risk of injury. During your lesson you will learn how to glide, slow down, turn, and stop along the slopes. You can join one of the many group lessons offered each day where you will be paired with other beginners looking to get started. This low-pressure practice will have you ready in no time. Private lessons are also available for those looking for some additional one-on-one practice with the instructor prior to them hitting the slopes. All guests taking an introductory course needs to have a ski area ticket and proper gear to sign up and join any lesson.
If you do not quite feel ready for skiing or snowboarding guests can always try out snow tubing. This thrilling activity at Ober Gatlinburg is available from late November through the end of the ski season. Guests will be able to ride down the slopes on snow tubes for an all-ages activity. Each tubing session is reserved in 90-minute segments and are recommended for weekdays to avoid the heavier traffic on weekends that is the result of skiers and snowboarders being on the slopes.
Your Ski Team in Gatlinburg
Now that you know a little more of the skiing in Gatlinburg you can book ahead for your vacation getaway. Reserve one of our vacation rentals today for a thrilling winter season.