Winter Sports in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
By Jon Hoffman © 2018, All Rights Reserved

Snow season's in full swing here in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area. Come visit for world-class skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and much more, all amid spectacular mountain scenery.

Ober Gatlinburg, the Smokies' Only Major Ski Area

If you enjoy downhill skiing and/or snowboarding, you'll love the gorgeous, machine-groomed trails at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. Now through early/mid-March, up to 8 thrilling trails are open daily from morning to night (weather permitting). State-of-the-art snowmaking equipment creates a deep base of pure, pristine snow... and, of course, Mother Nature lends a gracious helping hand! Ski and snowboarding lessons are available for all levels, novice through advanced, and ski equipment and clothing are rentable at reasonable rates.

Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg in Tennessee

What's more, skiing is just the beginning. Ober Gatlinburg also offers:
  • Ski Mountain Coaster, an exciting 5.5-minute ride through breathtaking scenery (open year 'round)
  • Snow tubing on special customized trails, open daily through April 1, 2018
  • Cubbies Snow Zone, featuring fun-filled winter activities especially for smaller children
  • Year-round ice skating on a huge indoor rink at the heart of the Tramway Mall
  • Wildlife Encounter, where you and your family can view fascinating critters, including river otters, bobcats, black bears, birds of prey, raccoons, skunks, flying squirrels, turtles, and snakes
  • The Aerial Tramway, with two enclosed Swiss-built tram cars, each carrying 120 passengers up a stunning 2.1-mile ascent to the summit of the ski area
  • Delectable dining (with spectacular views) plus plenty of specialty shopping
  • An alpine slide, scenic chairlift, popular arcade, indoor carousel, and more

You'll find the entrance to Ober Gatlinburg at 1001 Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, where you can board the aerial tram for the ride to the slopes and amusements.

Rowdy Bear Mountain in Gatlinburg

Alpine Coasters, the Latest Rage

Ready for a cool alternative to the classic roller coaster? Ride a two-person alpine coaster through a Smokies winter wonderland, with plenty of turns and dips along the way. You control the speed of the ride, so you can customize your thrill level. Perfect for kids and grownups who hesitate to ride a traditional coaster.

You'll find alpine coasters at several convenient locations, including Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster (306 Parkway, Gatlinburg), Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster (867 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge), and The Coaster at Goats on the Roof (1341 Wears Valley Road, Pigeon Forge).

After Ski: Delicious Dining & More

After an exhilarating day of winter sports, unwind in one of the area's popular restaurants. Choose from a wide variety of eateries, from casual to upscale, where you can savor everything from downhome mountain cookin' to the finest gourmet cuisine. Not to mention fusion, ethnic, and other mouthwatering specialties.

Then head out to one of the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area's legendary music shows. And end the evening relaxing before a crackling fire in your comfortable cabin retreat. (Don't forget the hot cocoa!)

Book Your Winter Mountain Getaway

Avid skiers and snowboarders flock to the Smokies throughout winter and early spring, so cabin rentals are in high demand. Don't miss out. Contact Volunteer Cabin Rentals today to reserve your vacation cabin. We offer a wide range of rentals, from cozy chalets to luxurious cabin "mansions," all equipped with inviting amenities. Book now!

Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Mountain cabins near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.