While there are higher mountains and larger resorts in the west, the Southeast has a handful of ski resorts where locals and tourists can come and play in the snow. There are plenty of great things to do in Tennessee in the Winter and, surprisingly, skiing is one of them. In this post, we review the Best Ski Resorts in and near Tennessee.
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort
While the state of Tennessee only offers one well-known Ski Resort, Ober Gatlinburg, its location in the heart of the Smoky Mountains makes it an attractive destination for those looking to hit the slopes in Tennessee.
The ski resort offers 10 skiing and snowboarding trails and is serviced by two quads including one double and one surface lift.
In terms of elevation, the resort is around the 3,000-foot mark and features varied skiing terrains that are perfect for beginners or those who want to take on some challenge.
Aside from being a famous skiing destination, they also offer the very popular and unique Aerial Tramway that allows you to get a breathtaking view of the Smokies as you ascend to the top of the resort.
Ober Gatlinburg has 100% snowmaking and has ski rentals available for skiers who don’t have their skiing equipment. They also offer ski lessons taught by experienced instructors to help beginners learn the basics of skiing.
Daily ski area tickets run from approximately $30 – $70, depending on the day, date, age, etc. This ticket gives you access to the ski slopes & the lifts that service them for one session of skiing.
Where To Stay
SInce Ober Gatlinburg is located just around the main street of Gatlinburg, there are plenty of options for your accommodations.
There are hotels, cabins, campgrounds, and more where you’ll be able to enjoy a comfortable stay and still be close to the action.
- Hampton Inn Gatlinburg
- The Park Vista – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Gatlinburg
- Glenstone Lodge
- Stony Brook Cabins
- Stunning Gatlinburg Campgrounds Will Get You Close To All The Action
Can You Drive Up The Mountain To Ober Gatlinburg?
For most people, the Aerial Tram is the best way to reach Ober Gatlinburg but there is always an option. Driving to the ski area is another option but can be challenging especially during winter.
It’s about 3 miles drive up a two-lane mountain road from the Aerial Tramway stop at downtown Gatlinburg. There is a $10 parking rate per standard vehicle and can have limited availability depending on the weather conditions in winter.
Ski Mountain Road is open to vehicles with 4-wheel drive and/or chains only. Since their address doesn’t work for most GPS systems you can check Ober Gatlinburg website for directions on how to get there.
Best Ski Resorts Near Tennessee
If you are looking for more skiing opportunities when visiting Tennessee, don’t worry, we’ve covered the 5 Best Ski Resorts in nearby North Carolina as well. For more winter fun in the area, also read more about snow tubing in both Tennessee and North Carolina