Everything You Need to Know About Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg trolley in front of Ober Gatlinburg sign

One of the most popular outdoor attractions returns to the Smoky Mountains this winter with the snow tubing runs at Ober Gatlinburg! This is an exciting activity for the entire family to enjoy and the only restriction is that kids must be at least 3 years old to join in on the fun! Here is everything that you need to know about snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg:

1. What to Expect

smiling girl snow tubing at ober gatlinburgSnow tubing is a fun winter activity that is similar to sledding, but you slide down a groomed ski slope in a tube! One of the best parts about snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg is that you don’t even have to walk back up the slope after each run. Instead, you simply take the “Magic Carpet” outdoor escalator back to the top of the hill so there is no hill climbing involved at all! All of the snow tubing sessions at Ober Gatlinburg are 90 minutes each, so you can tube all you want within that time frame! Snow tubing opens for the season on November 17.

2. How to Purchase Tickets

Snow tubing tickets can be purchased in downtown Gatlinburg at the Tramway Mall “Will Call” booth and at the Snow Tubing ticket office on the mountain, or you can buy your tickets online. Note that children ages 3 and 4 are admitted for free with a paying adult for each child. Keep in mind that the tickets are non-transferable and not for resale, so be sure that you can attend your session!

3. Restrictions and Other Helpful Information

Anyone participating in snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg must be at least 6 years old and 42 inches tall to ride solo. Children who are ages 3 to 5 must ride with an adult, and children under 3 are not permitted to ride. Note that there is a high demand for tubing and there may be a large number of guests on weekends and holiday periods, resulting in possible wait times of 2 or more hours via the Aerial Tramway or parking on the mountain. If you are planning on tubing during these busy periods, schedule your time accordingly to allow for any delays so that you don’t miss your tubing session!

Where to Stay

black bear inn and suites on the gatlinburg parkwayStay close to the snow tubing action at Ober Gatlinburg with a winter vacation at the Black Bear Inn & Suites! Our beautiful hotel is located directly on the Gatlinburg Parkway and is practically right across the street from the Aerial Tramway station! We have all types of comfortable rooms to accommodate your needs, ranging from Deluxe Double King and Queen Rooms to the only Penthouse Suites in the county! While staying with us, enjoy a variety of wonderful amenities including a delicious complimentary breakfast, an enclosed heated swimming pool and free wireless internet access! There is also a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker in every room for your convenience!

Check out all of our hotel rooms in Gatlinburg TN today to plan your vacation close to the snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg! We look forward to seeing you soon at the Black Bear Inn & Suites!