By now, we all know this statement to be true.
This past Saturday rocked, as we hosted our annual Ober Rocks event. This special one-night only event offered extended slope hours through open until midnight for more guests to enjoy the magic and thrill of skiing at Ober. There was a celebratory feeling floating around as the slopes were buzzing with people laughing and partying along to the great music being played by our Slopeside DJ from 103.5 WIMZ!
Josiah and the Greater Good
The event kicked off at 8pm, and guests were encouraged to stay the night at the Hampton Inn in Downtown Gatlinburg. Packages were presold for a competitive $135, which included: two ski area lift tickets, two Aerial Tramway tickets and a room for two. If you were rocking with a group all night at Ober Rocks and needed to share the room, an additional $35 per person would secure extra spots (as the rooms could accommodate up to four persons.)
At 8pm, live music started warming guests’ ears as Josiah and the Greater Good serenaded them in The Loft Lounge. Skiers with their families and friends were able to enjoy the food and beverage specials being served in the restaurant and lounge. A great opportunity to catch their breath from all the fun they were having on the slopes; not to mention, the best way to grab some warmth as it was a bit frosty on the mountain. The warm fireside in The Loft Lounge brought friends and strangers alike together to eat, sip, chat and even dance the night away. Although Josiah and his band were putting on an awesome show, a few patrons wanted to test their mic skills—and one did a raving job, performing what we can only call the best impromptu bridge ever written to a song. Judging from the cheers and claps in the room, it is safe to assume the onlookers loved it!
Back on the slopes, skiers both young and old and shy or bold were having the time of their lives. Of course, there were a few belly flops and failed attempts at gaining good air but that didn’t stop anyone from trying again and having an all-around fun night. Ski patrol was in full effect, keeping everyone safe and ensuring they adhered to all the necessary guidelines. Ski school was busier than usual as lessons were still being offered at 10pm for guests to grab the last tickets available for the night.
The Ski School attendant registering guests shared that she typically wouldn’t have anyone showing up beyond 6pm for lessons. So, she was pleasantly surprised to report that they recorded approximately 10 to 15 more lessons than expected. A total of 77 ski lessons were taught with attendance numbering anywhere from 5 to 10 beginners per class. Ski School Director Joe Ventimiglia said, “with the world being the way it is, Ober Rocks performed really well,” referring to the effects of the pandemic on events such as this one. We don’t know about you, but that sounds like a win worth rocking… we mean celebrating!
Other fun activities such as Snow Tubing and Ice Skating kept guests entertained on and off the snow. When the night came to an end the Aerial Tramway transported them down the mountain, all the while providing the best views of the City of Gatlinburg. The last tram was scheduled to descend at 1:30am to ensure all of Ober’s valued guests and employees made it down the mountain safely and in fine style.
Due in large part to our supportive guests, sponsors and employees Ober Rocks 2022 was a great success and we look forward to having you on the mountain again soon!