Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park had its beginnings as the Gatlinburg Ski Area in 1961. The Aerial Tramway, which was constructed in 1973, and the Ski Area became Ober Gatlinburg in 1975, eventually becoming the year round attraction it is today.
Family-owned and operated, Ober Gatlinburg continues to grow. A state-of-the art Snow Tubing Park opened in January 2009 and a Freestyle Terrain Park was added for the 2009-2010 season.
Tram is best part. Very picturesque. Skip the restaurant or eat a burger because the schnitzel was tasteless. Luke-warm to room temp food was not worth it. Other attractions here are average. Recommend take the ride on the tram and don't spend much time with anything else. Go back to town and spend more time doing something of better quality like seeing a show in pigeon forge.
This review is for the lift ride to the top of the mountain, not the enclosed tram that goes into town. The view is amazing. I could of stayed up there all day. Hands down the best part of Ober Gatlinburg. 7 dollars is well worth the feeling of being so high up and that fresh mountain air.
The tram is the best ride out there for $13. I don't know if your experience will be the same but if you look on the right hand side halfway up the top of the hill there is a Barbie mansion that is a definite replica of the 1970s Barbie mansion you cannot miss it it's got a garage that looks exactly like they house pillars three stories high even the furniture is an exact match to the Barbie furniture. They have bed and breakfast there so you might want to look up the Barbie Mansion for Gatlinburg Tennessee or something about that it's totally worth it.
Kurt T. Bellow, Jr.
The sights and amenities are wonderful, the customer service not so much. The bathroom at the top of the mountain is out and when asked, the representative replied “didn’t you read the sign?” It would have been nice if my 91 year old grandfather would have been notified when he was purchasing the tickets. In fact, everyone should be notified when purchasing tickets for the lift. The representatives and the help desk were also rude and unclear. If you are interested in riding the lift to the top of Mount Harrison and riding the Alpine Slide, be ready to wait in line twice as they do not allow you to jump onto the slide on the way down. And, they do not notify you that you will be waiting in line twice when you purchase the tickets if you want to do both. The staff seems more interested in herding you like cattle them informing patrons of the policies. We will be back as we have visited dozens of times over the years, but hopefully administrators will do a better job in training the service reps.
This was a very nice visit with beautiful views. The only problem was that we went late on the day and some of the rides had closed when we bought tickets. They refunded us as they had closed before we bought the tickets and didn't inform us. The views were beautiful and the only thing I would change is that I wish it had been a clearer day.