A BIG THANK YOU!
We’ve had a solid Season for 2017-2018. Unfortunately, due to a prolonged stint of rain (7 inches since February 1) and warm weather with no foreseeable snow making temps in the future, effective this past Monday, we had to make the difficult decision to close our slopes for this winter. Though we had to close a little earlier than we would have liked, we are not complaining about what a wonderful Season it has been.
Our Top 10 Favorite Parts of the 17-18 Season
Opening Day was truly a Winter Wonderland and it came earlier than average for us. The Smoky Mountains were covered with a fresh coat of powder overnight, and blue skies greeted us by the time the lifts opened. It was a beautiful day in more ways than one.
Our season lasted 72 days. Our early close was somewhat balanced by our ability to open early. During our open days, we experienced some of the best winter conditions in several years. We had consistent freezing temps to keep our slopes 100% open for the majority of the Season. Additionally, natural snow events created a few opportunities to ski and ride fresh powder. This winter, we were extremely proud to be Tennessee’s only Ski Area. (Though, of course, we wish we could have maintained the incredible cold temps that kept our slopes so ideal this year.)
Grizzly, one of our Black Diamond runs opened on January 2 and remained open for 40 days this Season. Alpine Way was also open for the majority of this Season. The Blue Lift opened up Alpine on January 6, and it remained open until February 15… so 41 days.
Kings and Queen of the Mountain ascended to their thrones on January 6. Conditions were too spectacular to wait any longer! Shawn and Andrew were named the Kings of Skiing and Riding, but our Queen was definitely Charlotte, the only female participant! Competitors had to conquer Mogul Ridge in front of a panel of judges. This competition was not for the faint of heart!
Our very first USASA Slopestyle event took place in early February. This is an incredible honor for us because it allows athletes the opportunity to qualify for official competitions that could take them on to the Olympics.
Ober Rocks was our “Throwback” event and was hugely successful. The Coveralls came in from Knoxville to perform live music on our main stage upstairs in Seasons of Ober. We kept our slopes open until midnight with a DJ blasting tunes onto the slopes. We also partnered with several hotels in the area to offer great overnight rates so that people could “rock all night and stay the night.” The classic rock station for our area, 103.5 was a fabulous sponsor and made a lot of this possible.
Four events over the course of the season allowed us to give back to the community we live in. Two College Nights and Two Ladies Nights brought in over 2 TONS of food donations to the Sevier County Food Ministries. WOW! Thank you participants!
The Annual Back in Blue Rail Jam was particularly awesome this year. The excitement ran high as the participants dusted off their gear for the first time after the Spring and Summer hiatus. Slope-side DJ, sponsor tents, and raffle prizes sweetened the moment. We are already counting down the 268 days until our next Back in Blue kick-off!
Showing weekly on Facebook Live, we started our #Noonski show! Ober’s Marketing Director, Kate, and one of our Ski Instructors, Tommy were a blast to watch each week to answer questions and talk events over the course of their 8 episode run. We got lots of great feedback that people loved watching #Noonski and we will definitely be bringing it back next year!
The return of the Special Olympics Winter Games was highly anticipated by the Ober Team. Competing athletes did a spectacular job in reaching for their goals and supporting other teammates and athletes. Also, it was just downright FUN to watch them compete. We extend a sincere “thank you” to the Special Olympics for allowing us to be a part of your program in some way.
Bigger than Ober
We want to make sure that anyone who visited us over the past few months, especially our Season Pass holders, know how grateful we are for their support. Purchasing a Ski Area Ticket means so much more than just a day on the slopes. Every ticket, rental, food/drink purchase, or retail transaction keeps our operation going strong. However, perhaps more importantly, it goes on to support the sport and art of Skiing and Snowboarding. We love being able to provide Tennessee’s only Ski Area. Our location allows people to experience the Smoky Mountains in a totally unique and special way. We can’t wait for opening day next Season!