Let it Snow!

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We are happy to say that Ober Gatlinburg is up and running! Ride the famous Aerial Tram from Downtown Gatlinburg up 2.1 miles to the Ski Resort and Amusement Park as a great way to kick off your day. The views are astonishing! Once at the top, there are a variety of activities for all members of the family. They feature an indoor ice skating rink, arcade, carousel and wildlife encounters that are perfect for anyone not wanting to brave the elements.

They have a outdoor Alpine Slide and a Ski Mountain Coaster for family friendly outdoor activities. Ober has also opened up Snow tubing, which has been a huge hit for anyone ages 3 and older. It’s just like sledding but you don’t have to walk back up,  Ober has a “magic carpet” that takes care of that! If you have little ones, they also offer a Cubbies Snow Zone for the kids to play. Entry is free with an area/lift ticket.

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The slopes will resume regular operating hours following the start of the 2016/2017 season. Ticket prices vary on amount of days and equipment rental. The resort starting blowing snow last week and already has a base of over 15″ on most of their runs. Of course, you’ll have to check the forecast daily. And with 10 different trails and 7 different lifts, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs.

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This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Smoky Mountain areas.

Skiing, Tubing, Ice Skating and More…

Snow_tubing_OGThere was a time when a child would take their tube or sleigh and eagerly find the highest hill they could climb, all to thoroughly enjoy a momentous slide! Here, in The Great Smoky Mountains we have the luxury of Ober Gatlinburg Resort. Locals and guests can relive that type of memory and develop new ones with their outdoor sports. They are well equipped with a state-of-the art Snow Tubing Park designed for numerous tubers to descend simultaneously. The barriers guide the tubes down a non collision course, which provides a safe slide every time. Unlike the days when one had to drag the tube back up the hill, Ober’s Park will provide you with a new tube after each slide.

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If you have an adventurous spirit you can try their Ski Slopes. They have nine trails serviced by two quads, one double and one surface lift, you will be able to spend more time on the slopes and less time in a line for a lift. They offer terrains for all abilities, from a beginner experiencing the joy of a snow sport for the first time, to an expert hitting the moguls and terrain park. 

Those of you who are into snowboarding, can appreciate their freestyle terrain park. They offer a number of rails, boxes and have various snow features such as table tops and spines during the season. If you are coming to the Smokies, but don’t want to be bothered with packing the equipment. Ober Gatlinburg has the supplies you need. Their rental office can provide you with skis, snowboards, ski pants, jackets, and helmets. Their trained staff will assist you and prepare you for a fun filled day on their slopes!

iceskatingIf you are not one to brave out the cold weather, Ober Resort offers a variety of indoor activities as well. Inside their indoor mall you can experience ice skating with their 140′ x 75 ice arena and for those who enjoy browsing the shops, here are a few you will find:

  • The Galleria Gift Shop has a unique collection of skiing items, snowboarding gear, and outerwear. The shop also has a variety of Ober Gatlinburg keepsakes.
  • Joyce’s and Ober Haus have the best selection of casual wear, outerwear, and accessories for men and women from brands such as Woolrich, Kuhl, Kavu and more!
  • At Obear’s Playhouse you can shop for toys, games, books, and apparel, that is designed for your little ones in mind.
  • The Obear Haus shop carries men’s casual outer wear.

Fit these Ober Events in your schedule..

The 2014 Ober Gatlinburg Race Program is an 8 event open class Ski & Snowboard Race Series. The best 6 out of 8 count towards the season champions in each division. It will take place every Thursday, starting January 9th at 5:30 PM. The final race is scheduled on Thursday, February 27th. Anyone that can ski or ride Mogul Ride can enter.

The Special Olympics Tennessee Winter Games will take place on January 27th and January 28th. There will be over 140 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding and Speed Skating in divisions based on their age and ability. The traditional lighting of the Special Olympics flame will take place on Monday at 9:00 AM on top of Ober Gatlinburg. The award presentation will begin at 2:00 PM on Tuesday.

This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 865-430-3366. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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The More the Merrier!

Gatlinburg is dazzling its guests with magical events to make the season a memorable one. The Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights has already begun. While you sit in the comfortable atmosphere of a trolley, you can take in the stunning light displays that are placed throughout the city. These visual displays have been specially designed to represent the critters you would find in the Smoky Mountain area. Also taking place throughout the city is our Winter Magic Tunes & Tales, as you stroll through the various plazas you can take in a performance by these musical talents:

• Hammer & Strings (Dulcimer players), who will be performing at the Reagan Terrace Mall
• Jon Hogue and Maria Moss  – Their presentation will be “It’s A Wonderful Life”.
• The Christmas Thyme Quartet – Acapella carolers; in early 1900’s Appalachian costuming
• Double Take –a 4 piece band performing bluegrass/country Christmas music
• ‘Father Christmas’ – Carey Jones – storyteller/singer
• EmiSunshine and her Dad – Emi is 9 years old; she sings, plays the banjo and writes many of the lyrics performed; early 1900’s attire
• 3-4 Elves and Frosty/On some nights, Rudolph or Ms. Claus may make an appearance at the “Yule Log Finale”.

ParadeGatlinburg’s 38th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will travel through downtown Gatlinburg on Friday, December 6 starting at 7:30 PM. The parade includes more than 100 parade entries, over a dozen marching bands from Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama, and giant helium balloons taking to the streets.

Sevierville’s 51st Annual Christmas Parade will take place December 7th. It is a traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of Santa Claus! The parade begins at 11:00 AM and can be seen at the Forks of the River Parkway and Court Ave. in historic downtown Sevierville, TN.

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The Smokies Stadium will be hosting Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. This year’s themed light show will be Santa’s Beach Party. The presentation will be open during the holidays, regardless of weather conditions. The show will begin each night at 6:00 PM and will continue till 10:00 PM. Admission to the light show will be $20.00 for cars or family vans. All tickets can be purchased on site, and you won’t even have to leave your vehicle.

Santa’s Village will also return this year with several exciting new additions, along with some of last year’s favorites. This year’s village will include:

  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Camel and pony rides
  • A Kids Zone with ultiple inflatables
  • An Orbitron
  • Train rides for kids to see the lights inside the park
  • Hot chocolate and snacks

For more information on this event – http://shadrackchristmas.com/sevierville/.

Ice_skatersYou can celebrate Christmas on Ice at Ober Gatlinburg’s Indoor Ice Arena. Enjoy the spirit of the season as local skaters display their talents on ice to the sounds of holiday music during a two-day performance. The annual Christmas on Ice Show at the Ober Gatlinburg Ice Skating Arena features local amateur skaters performing ice skating routines to traditional Christmas music, choreographed by rink instructor Devon Harman. This event will take place from December 7th – December 8th 2013.

While your here, enjoy the multitude of artists, musicians, and craftsmen in the area all in one central location for the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show from December 2nd – 8th. It will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, which is located off of downtown Parkway. As always, admission is free! It is a great opportunity to meet the members of the nationally renowned Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community as they produce one-of-a-kind works of art available for purchase.

If you are inspired to do some winter crafts yourself after viewing the Arts & Crafts in the area, then you can attend Arrowmont Holiday Festival on December 7th- 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Enjoy creative time with family and friends as you make your own useful art for yourself. Each workshop focuses on a specific media and will result in a finished product. All classes are intended for adults and children working independently or together! There is a $30 class fee per person (includes all materials and lunch) Call for more information and registration call (865) 436-5860.

Looking for that little incentive to keep the kids off the naughty list? How about spending a little quality time with Santa! You and your young ones can make reservations to have breakfast & brunch with Santa at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge on December 7th (reservations are required).

This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 865-430-3366. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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