By Alex Shelton
Ober Gatlinburg opened its snow tubing season Saturday, November 21, the earliest of any tubing operation in the Southeast. Using advanced snowmaking technology, SnowMagic, Ober Gatlinburg was able to begin snowmaking on October 8 to prepare for their 55th snow season.
The Snow Tubing lanes are 400’ long with a 50’ vertical drop and are serviced by a moving conveyor lift transporting riders and their tubes quickly to the top of the tubing runs. Snow tubing will run Monday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with 1.5 hour sessions beginning every two hours. Rates per session are $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends and holidays.
Snow Tubing is a great way for riders ages three and above to experience the fun of winter recreation. Different than open-hill sledding, the tubing park’s expertly shaped lanes guide custom tubes down a course designed to deliver an exhilarating ride. Adjacent to the tubing park is an enclosed viewing area with food concessions, a winter accessory shop and Ober Gatlinburg’s new Ski Mountain Coaster.
“We are excited about the prospects of a great season,” said Bruce Anders, President of Ober Gatlinburg, Inc., “The SnowMagic system allows us to offer snow tubing to our guests much earlier and gives us the capability to maintain the quality of the tubing surface in the event we experience a mild winter.”