Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort has gotten off to a rather slow start this winter. Unseasonably warm temperatures have resulted in no white stuff on the slopes and have made it impossible to make manufactured snow. The result has been closed trails and sad snowbirds.
But we have good news to report this week. Ober Gatlinburg is reporting a 6- to 10-inch base with five of its nine trails open for skiing and boarding. Three of the four lifts are in operation as well. The primary surface is groomed with a secondary surface consisting of wet snow. At the moment temperatures are still not allowing snowmaking operations, but that will resume as soon as the temps drop sufficiently low.
In the meantime, get those skis and snowboards together and head for the slopes! Or if you’re a newbie or don’t have your own equipment, Ober Gatlinburg has you covered. They have skiing lessons and plenty of equipment to rent to get you started.
If you’re planning a snow-cation, you’ll definitely want to stay in a Tennessee rental cabin instead of a hotel or motel. It’ll give you more room to stow your gear, plus the mountain atmosphere of one of our rentals is ideally suited to a ski trip in the Smokies.
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.