Thank you Mother Nature; Thank you Guests
The past few weeks have been an incredible addition to Ober’s history. Mother nature has graced us with amazing winter weather that has allowed us to open 100% of our slopes for the first time in 4 seasons! We have had record-breaking attendance and it has been a blast! (We extend a sincere “thank you” to our guests who had to stand in lines during our peak hours.)
One of the things that makes Ober Gatlinburg so special is that it’s an example of a “bumble-bee shouldn’t fly” scenario. We are right on the edge of the elevation to allow for consistent freezing conditions to make enough snow to create skiing and snowboarding slopes. We are also the one of the southernmost ski areas in the United States and the only ski area in Tennessee. As if these two challenges don’t add enough to our plate, we also experience temperature inversions because of our position within the Smoky Mountains. Specifically, Southern winds can cause temperature inversions. When the warm air is pushed up through Ober’s mountain valley, it gets trapped right over the slopes! This can cause the temperature difference of +25 degrees. This makes it warmer at the top of Ober Gatlinburg than our Downtown mall, which is super frustrating, especially when it is 40+ on the mountain and 25 degrees in downtown Gatlinburg and we need to make snow!
Basically, what all this means is that we work really hard to make our Ski Area functional. Even though it is a lot of work, it’s a labor of love and it makes us so happy to spread the love of snow sports with the community. Additionally, there are enough people in the area who countdown to snow season, and love to get out and play for it to be worth it.
This season, we have been so fortunate to have such amazing conditions. Opening 100% of our Ski Area with a base of 30+ inches of snow consistently has honestly been a dream come true! We invite you all to come out as often as you can so that you can experience all of Ober’s slopes as a winter wonderland! Keep your fingers crossed for more snow and low temps!
Thank you so much to Joy Jucker, one of our fabulous Ski Instructors for these last two photos!