Ober Gatlinburg started with a vision in which people could view Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains while heading safely up to the Gatlinburg Ski Resort.
The lower terminal of the Aerial Tramway was constucted in 1972/73 on the original site of The Hemlock Motel (open in the 60’s and early 70’s). In the beginning, the Gatlinburg Ski Resort was separate from the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway. The resort opened as a private club in December of 1962. Before Claude Anders had built the tram, skiers would have to drive up snow-covered Mount Harrison to reach the resort.