Ride the 120-passenger Aerial Tramway year round and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains and a mountain of fun for the whole family at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. The Tram departs every 20 minutes for the 10-minute journey up the mountain. Ober Gatlinburg offers activities including indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, and Scenic Chairlift.
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Overall experience at the top was a 5, but the ride would be a 2.5 because we were crammed in like sardines. The mall is nice, but if you have time I would drive up to the top. All of the workers were polite and views were awesome.
If you've been on other Ariel tramways like in Albuquerque, this doesn't top the list. It was fine. The girl selling the tickets was not friendly. At all. But maybe she was just having a bad day. The ride up is ok. Views are pretty. At the top there is much left to be desired. We did the "zoo". We spent $60 for 9 of us and seriously all there is to see the some otters and a few bears. That's about it. There's a small walk through with a couple animals and also a bobcat and eagle I believe. The otters were cute. The older man working there was very friendly as well. However don't expect too much from your overall experience there. It's very small. It was a fine trip for first timers but I wouldn't go back.
Enjoyed the ride up the mountain. Our guide was Bobby both up and down the mountain. He was very friendly and made the ride very enjoyable.
This attraction brags that they can carry 120 people. We rode it with only 80. We were packed in tighter than sardines. There is seating for only 8 people. Everyone else has to stand There are hand loops to hang onto (at 5'6" I could not reach them). We had to stand without anything to hold onto while the car lurched and dipped. The man next to my husband had a hot sweaty day. He held onto a loop exposing his hairy smelly armpits in my husbands face. It was a terrible experience. Could not see out because we were in the middle of that crowd. It felt very unsafe. There are other ways to see mountain views
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Can I bring food or alcohol to Ober Gatlingburg?
Outside food and beverages including alcoholic beverages are not allowed on to the Aerial Tramway or Ober Gatlinburg premises. Beer is available for consumption in Ober’s Snack bar and alcoholic beverages are available in the Seasons of Ober Restaurant and The Loft Lounge.
Does Ober Gatlinburg rent strollers and wheelchairs?
A limited number of single and double strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first served basis. Single strollers are $4.00 per day, and double strollers are $6.00 per day. Unfortunately, we do not rent wheelchairs at this time.
How much is parking?
Parking is $5.00 CASH per standard-size vehicle and $7.00 for over-sized vehicles. Parking is not available on the mountain for buses and over-sized vehicles on weekends & holidays. Sorry, all parking must be paid with cash – no credit cards accepted.
How often does the aerial tram leave?
The Tram leaves every 20 minutes, taking you on a beautiful 10 minute, 2.1 mile long ride between our downtown tram terminal and our resort on top of the mountain.
Is there an ATM located at Ober Gatlinburg?
ATM machines are located in the Downtown Tramway Mall next to the River Road entrance, and in the Ober Gatlinburg Mall near the hallway entrance to the Ober’s Snack bar (ATM 1) and to the left side of the Fudge Shop (ATM 2).
What is the pet policy?
Pets are not permitted in the Tramway Mall or on any premises at Ober Gatlinburg. Service animals for guests with disabilities are permitted.
What activities are located at the top of the mountain?
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park offers activities for all ages. Shopping and dining, indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding.
Does it cost money to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain?
Yes, below is pricing for each attraction: (subject to change)
Alpine Slide - $7 per person (weight limit 300 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult)
Scenic Chairlift - $7 per person (weight limit 600 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult)
Wildlife Encounter - $7 adults, $5 children (5-11 years)
Ice Skating - $9
Carousel - $3.50 (children 36” must ride with adult)
Ski Rental - $25 day time, $20 Night time
Snowboard Rental - $30 Day time, $25 Night Time
Please note pricing is subject to change.
For skiing and snowboarding, when does the area open/close for the season?
We usually open around mid-December and our typical closing date is early March. We open as soon as we have made enough snow to cover most of the trails. The opening and closing dates vary depending on the weather.
Do you rent ski clothing?
We do rent snow pants for $12/$30 deposit, ski jackets for $12/$50 deposit, and helmets for $6/$50 deposit. All items are rented on a first-come-first-serve basis.
May I bring our sleds and use them on your slopes?
Sorry, sleds are not allowed on our slopes.
What should I wear for skiing, snowboarding or tubing?
The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you more flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity. Turtleneck shirts, sweaters, long underwear and footless tights work well as under-layers. Wear one pair of socks. Ski boots and snowboard boots have liners. Wear appropriate hats, goggles, gloves, sunglasses, etc. for the weather conditions.
Be sure to wear pants or jacket/shirt with a hole or loop to fasten the lift or tubing ticket such as a zipper pull, button-hole or belt loop.
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