mother and son on a Gatlinburg attraction's alpine coaster

Gatlinburg Attraction Trading Ski Slopes For A Roller Coaster This Fall

For over 50 years, Ober Gatlinburg has been the number one Gatlinburg attraction in terms of everything snow related. This includes thrilling ski slopes, snow tubing, ice skating, and more.

However, we at Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals are excited to announced that our favorite winter-themed amusement park will soon be home to it’s very own roller coaster this fall.

What Kind of Roller Coaster?

Gatlinburg roller coaster trackThe new roller coaster at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort will be a mountain coaster, located just under the peak of Mount. Harrison at the Gatlinburg ski resort. Unlike the typical kind of roller coaster you found find at Dollywood, mountain coasters offer both a thrilling experience and a scenic tour of their surroundings.

These coasters run mainly on forward motion through gravity that allows the carts to reach speeds up to 25 miles per hour while they zip around turns, twists, corkscrews and dips.The new roller coaster at Ober Gatlinburg will cover a total of 4,000 feet in roughly 5 ½ minutes.

Thanks to the safety features and design, the new Gatlinburg roller coaster will be perfect for children, parents, grandparents and anyone else visiting the ski park looking to add to their Smoky Mountain adventure.

The addition of this new ride is definitely an exciting extension of all the fun things to do at Ober Gatlinburg year round. Upon completions, the new roller coaster at the Gatlinburg attraction will be considered the highest mountain coaster in the state of Tennessee.

How Does It Work?

Like other mountain coasters, the new Gatlinburg roller coaster at Ober Gatlinburg consists of several carts that can hold up to two guests per ride. The carts offer a high back rest for comfort, as well as shorter brake levers for easy access and easier handling and control.

The staff at Ober Gatlinburg promise that their new Gatlinburg roller coaster will be built with the highest of safety standards.

When Will the New Roller Coaster at Ober Gatlinburg Open?

Construction on the Gatlinburg attraction’s new roller coaster is set to begin at the end of this month (July 2014), and the ride is expected to open later this fall.

What If I Still Love the Snow?

woman skiing at Ober GatlinburgWe may have fibbed a little when we said that Ober Gatlinburg is swapping slopes for coasters. Everyone’s favorite Tennessee ski resort will be keeping its beloved slopes and promised another thrilling season this year.

There are nine ski slopes in total at this Gatlinburg attraction. The names of the ski slopes by level of difficulty are:

  • Ski School (easy)
  • Cub Way (easy)
  • Castle Run (moderate)
  • Upper Bear (moderate)
  • Lower Bear (moderate)
  • Ober Chute (moderate)
  • Alpine Way (moderate)
  • Mogul Ridge (hard)
  • Grizzly (hard)

According to Ober Gatlinburg’s website, ski season is expected to begin around mid-December, and it usually runs through early March.

If you can’t wait until December, you can still fill your cold weather fix by enjoying a lap or two around the ski resort’s year-round ice skating rink. Current operating hours for Ober Gatlinburg’s ice skating rink are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., daily.

Ice skating tickets are $9 per person per 3 hours continuous session. This price includes skate rental.

What Else Can I do at Ober Gatlinburg?

In addition to the new roller coaster, ski slopes and snow tubing, there are a variety of exciting things to do at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort year round.

The current list of open attractions at Ober Gatlinburg and their prices include:

  • scenic chairlift at Ober GatlinburgAerial Tramway: Adults $12, Children 5-11  $9.50 (round trip)
  • Alpine Slide: $7 per person
  • Wildlife Encounter: Adults $7, Children 5-11 $5
  • Scenic Chairlift: $7 per person
  • Amaze’n Maze: $7 per person
  • Chair Swing: $3.50 per person
  • Blye Cyclone Rapids: $3.50 per person
  • Kiddle LAnd & Rides: $7 all day
  • Mini Golf: $3.50 per person
  • Ober’s Lightnin’ Rafe Ride & Shoot-the-Chute: $3.50 per person, per ride
  • Arcade: prices vary

Coupons for the Ober Gatlinburg attractions are located at the onsite ticket office at the ski resort.

Click here for current operating hours for each of the Ober Gatlinburg attraction’s hours:

Where is this Gatlinburg Attraction Located?

Aerial Tramway for Ober Gatlinburg on ParkwayOber Gatlinburg Ski Resort is located at 1339 Ski Mountain Road.

There are two options for visitors wanting to visit the Gatlinburg attraction. The first option is you can travel down the Parkway, turn at Traffic Light #10 onto Ski Mountain Road, follow the double yellow lines for about 3 miles and park at the ski resort. Parking is $5 cash per standard vehicle. Unfortunately parking for large vehicles and busses is not available on weekends and holidays.

For a more scenic route to Ober Gatlinburg, guests can take the Aerial Tramway, located at 1001 Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. The tramway will comfortably take guests from the Parkway up to the resort without the hassle of finding a parking spot.

The tramway is currently running daily from 9:30 a.m to 9:20 p.m.

Where Can I Stay After Visiting Ober?

Whether you spent the day experiencing the new Gatlinburg roller coaster, or you and your family enjoyed one of the many other fun things to do at Ober Gatlinburg, you all will want a relaxing place to retreat to. At Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals, we offer a variety of spacious Gatlinburg cabin rentals that are located just a short drive from both the Gatlinburg Parkway and the Tennessee ski resort.

We have everywhere from one to eight bedroom cabins in Gatlinburg. To reserve your next stay with us today, please give us a call at 1-866-697-4581. One of our friendly vacation experts will be more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have.