Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Ober Gatlinburg - Skiing, Snowboarding, Spectacular Family Vacation
by Jim Watson © 2007, All Rights Reserved
Grab your poles and your bibs! Pack up the skis and snowboards! Just as exciting as Christmas itself is the ski season at Ober Gatlinburg. Vacation rentals begin filling up fast when the snow starts to fall because ski enthusiasts know Tennessee is one of the best places to hit the slopes. From mid-December through early March, the Smoky Mountains call to couples and families who flock to this ever-popular resort.
With an average annual snowfall of 35" and 100% snowmaking capabilities, Ober Gatlinburg is always up and running. As you gear up for your day of fun, you can don your own skis or rent from the pro shop. On-hand professionals will ensure you have the best fit for your body type and experience level. One double and two quad chairlifts usher over 6,000 people an hour to the eight trails that sprawl across the mountain. With a summit elevation of 3,300 feet, the skiing isn't the only thing that's excellent. The views themselves are simply priceless.
Slopes, Slopes Everywhere!
Just how fearless are you? From beginners to daredevils, there are several slopes for everyone. Novice skiers and boarders will enjoy the Cub Way and Ski School runs that are more open and provide a gentle incline. If you haven't skied in awhile or you're just starting out, this is the place for you.
More experienced skiers and boarders can choose from four intermediate slopes that progress in difficulty. Castle Run is 1,100 feet long with a 163-foot vertical drop. Alpine Way offers a 2,600-foot run and a 279-foot vertical drop. Bear Run is steeper and longer still with a 3,200-foot run and a 393-foot drop. But the Ober Chute tops them all with the longest run (4,400 feet) and a breathtaking vertical drop of 556 feet!
For those who have no fear, the black diamond runs are right up your alley. Mogul Ridge is a challenging course (aptly named!) filled with thrills. At only 300 feet in length, you might assume it would be a piece of cake. You'd be wrong! What it lacks in distance it more than makes up for in excitement. Mogul Ridge links up with Castle Run to give you a thrill a minute followed by an 800-foot intermediate slope that takes you to the base.
The king of them all, however, is Grizzly! The advanced run stretches 3,800 feet. Want a wild ride? Take the lift to the Ober Chute trail (almost to the summit). Run Ober Chute until it intertwines with Grizzly. Take on the 556-foot vertical drop then swoosh down the mountain until Grizzly joins with Castle Run. Just like a powerful rollercoaster, you'll want to ride it again and again.
Amusement Park at Ober Gatlinburg
While skiing is a main attraction, it's certainly not the only appeal of Ober Gatlinburg. Vacation rentals in this area put you right in the heart of everything fun. Spend one day on the mountain then return the next for excitement and fun in the amusement park.
You'll find an indoor ice rink, the Alpine Slide (a twisting, turning 1,800-foot ride down the mountain on a speed-controlled sled), an aerial tram, a mall, arcade, go-carts and so much more.
Make It Happen!
The start of each ski season is always busy. Everyone clamors to get here first so you'd be wise to begin your search now for cabin rentals. In Gatlinburg you'll also find plenty of shopping, excellent restaurants and shows. Whether cabin rentals are in Gatlinburg or the surrounding areas, the Smoky Mountains offer a fabulous list of fun activities suitable for all ages. A trip to Ober Gatlinburg always leaves you wanting more!
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