Top 4 Reasons Why Families Love Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg

The sign for the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.

If you are looking for a fun activity to enjoy with your family this winter, check out the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg! This popular ski destination is open from mid-December to mid-March for your enjoyment and offers snow equipment rentals, lessons and everything else you need to have a blast on the mountain! Here are the top 4 reasons why families love skiing at Ober Gatlinburg:

1. Slopes for All Skill Levels

man skiing in the mountainsWhether you have family members with years of skiing experience or kids who are just trying the sport for the first time, there are ski slopes for all skill levels at Ober Gatlinburg! These include 2 beginner trails, 7 intermediate trails and 2 advanced trails, all of which are served by several ski lifts. When planning your day on the slopes, be sure to check the official Ober Gatlinburg slope report for the current conditions. While Ober Gatlinburg can make snow for the ski slopes under the proper conditions, the ski area is always at the mercy of Mother Nature!

2. Professional Ski Lessons

Another reason why families love skiing at Ober Gatlinburg is because it is a wonderful place to learn how to ski! The instructors at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski School are members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America who want you to get the most out of your winter experience on the mountain. There are classes for beginners through advanced skiers with a focus on fun and safety first. During each course, you will learn the techniques of gliding, slowing down, turning to stop and more!

3. Convenient Equipment Rentals

ski gloves and equipmentIf you are worried that you don’t have the proper equipment to go skiing at Ober Gatlinburg, you will be happy to know that you can rent everything you need! The Ober Gatlinburg equipment rentals include everything from skis, ski boots and poles to jackets, pants and helmets! There are both children and adult sizes available so that everyone in your family can join in the fun! Note that all of the equipment rentals at Ober Gatlinburg are on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to arrive early on weekends and holidays!

4. Easily Accessible

While many ski resorts are situated in remote locations miles away from civilization, Ober Gatlinburg is just minutes from downtown Gatlinburg! The most exciting way to reach the mountaintop ski area is on the Aerial Tramway, which departs regularly from downtown Gatlinburg for a breathtaking 2.1 mile ride to the top of the mountain. The best part is that the Aerial Tramway station is within easy walking distance from the Black Bear Inn & Suites! As an alternative, you can drive to the ski area from the Parkway via Ski Mountain Road. Keep in mind that this road may only be open to vehicles with 4 wheel drive or chains during times of inclement weather.

Check out more Gatlinburg attractions you can enjoy during a winter vacation to the Smoky Mountains to go skiing at Ober Gatlinburg! We look forward to seeing you soon at the Black Bear Inn & Suites!