Ober Gatlinburg to Close Ski & Snowboard Slopes as of Wednesday, 2/22/17 at 10pm

Welp, can’t say I am surprised here.  I almost speculated about this on this morning’s First Trax report but I didn’t want to rustle any feathers if it wasn’t true.  Ober will end their ski and snowboard season tomorrow, February 22nd.  Tubing will stay open through March 26th though.  Press release is below.


Despite warm winter weather, Snow Tubing will remain open through March 26th

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (February 21, 2017) — Warmer than normal temperatures are forcing Ober Gatlinburg to close ski operations. Although this has been a non-typical winter as far as temperatures it has occurred before.  The 2007/2008 season was a very similar season with a hot dry summer followed by a warmer than normal winter. This is generally a result of the La Nina effect created by lower water temperatures in the Pacific.  Although we can’t predict weather a year ahead, the good news is that these patterns generally do not repeat themselves year after year.

Snow Tubing will remain in operation through March 26. Ober Gatlinburg’s Snow Magic technology has assisted traditional snowmaking equipment to compensate for the abnormally warm temperatures. This above-freezing snow making capability will also allow us to keep Snow Tubing in full swing through March 26.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park is Tennessee’s only ski area and continues to be a favored year-round destination. Ober offers Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing in the winter and Ski Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Chair Swing, Amaze’n Maze, Water Raft Rides, and Mini-Golf in the summer.  Year- round, see animals at the Wildlife Encounter, Ice Skate indoors, enjoy shopping at The Shops at Ober, and dining at The Seasons of Ober Restaurant or The Loft Lounge.

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Kenny grew up in Concord, NC, which is right outside of Charlotte. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in December 2010 with a degree in meteorology and joined Ski Southeast immediately thereafter. In addition to his Appnet duties, he helps with day to day operations of Ski Southeast and is also in charge of our sister site, ResortCams.com. In his own words... "I discovered this website a few years back and visit it on a daily basis. I lurked on the messageboard for a while before becoming actively involved and have met some very cool people because of it. Needless to say, I am VERY stoked to be a part of the team and I think I have a unique insight into what people want from the site seeing as I used to be on the outside looking in. I'm sure some people who are reading this have seen me on the mountain before. I am frequently at Beech Mountain and it’s not hard to spot me, as I usually have a camera on my head. I love to document my days on snow and have posted some videos on the messageboard before. If you ever see me out there, feel free to say hey!" You can email Kenny directly at [email protected]