Let It Snow!!!

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Snow is more controversial than I ever thought possible! We have quite a few people who come here looking, hoping, praying for snow. We also have several people who are afraid of snow, or rather what it might do to the roads. In Gatlinburg we do occasionally get some snow, although rarely more than an inch. And it usually melts the next day. Here are some tips on how to enjoy (or survive) the winter weather here in the mountains!

Rent a Cabin in the Higher Elevations!1. Finding the Snow!
If you are one of those people who wants the snow, be encouraged! Just rent a cabin in a higher elevation, and chances are, if there’s the slightest chance of precipitation, it’ll snow at your cabin. If it doesn’t snow at your cabin while you’re here, stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and ask the nice folks there if they know of any snow in the National Park that you could get to. On the higher elevations, once it snows, the mountains usually keep that white on their tops for the rest of the winter!


4x42. Avoiding Icy Mishaps!

Since they can’t control the weather, cabin rental companies don’t give refunds due to weather or road conditions. Besides, you’re coming to the mountains to enjoy the mountains! If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, or can borrow one from a friend or rent one, we recommend this. If not, invest in chains for your tires. Our Wal-tireMart here sells them for just $25-$65, depending on tire size. Well worth the investment! If you would still rather just avoid the steep hills altogether, make sure to ask your reservationist for a cabin that has no steep hills to get to. This can be very difficult to find around here, so be sure to book early.

Check the weather for Gatlinburg!3. Timing is everything!
Check the weather before you come. And once you’re here, check your radio, TV, or newspaper for regular weather updates. If there is a chance of snow or ice, plan to do your driving in Gatlinburg at the warmest, sunniest time of day. Don’t wait to go out and about, or wait to head back to your cabin, til after dark, when it will be colder, harder to see, and more difficult to find help if you need it. Don’t stay out much past 7pm, if there is any chance of bad weather. Get to your cabin and snuggle down for a cozy evening. Try to plan your vacation so that you don’t have to leave your cabin early in the morning. (It’s vacation, you want to sleep in anyway!) Give the sun a chance to thaw out the roads for you. If you feel it absolutely necessary to be out early in the morning, remember that 4-wheel drive and/or chains, and maybe even bring a bag of rock salt with you just in case.

Go Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg!4. Enjoy The Adventure That Comes To You!
The snow is absolutely gorgeous! Just imagine waking up to a winter wonderland! Don’t be a worry wart and ruin you and your family’s vacation! Enjoy it! Go sledding! Build a snowman! Snow angels! A fort or igloo! Head to Ober Gatlinburg and try skiing or snow tubing!

Get Some Great Deals This Winter!5. Be Prepared!
Here are some things to have with you:
* 4 wheel drive vehicle and/or chains for your tires
* rock salt
* windshield ice scraper
* flashlight
* starter log and matches or lighter if you have a wood-burning fireplace
* plenty of food
* hot chocolate!
* coffee
* sled
* an adventurous spirit
* a smile!

Now that we’re all ready… Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!!!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information 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 area.

 

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Let’s Go Skiing!

Ski at Ober Gatlinburg!Cold weather is back in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. And, the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg are now open!

Ober Gatlinburg features nine trails serviced by two quad lifts, one double lift and one surface lift. The resort offers terrain for all abilities, from a beginner experiencing the joy of snow sports for the first time, to a seasoned expert hitting the moguls and terrain park. Ober Gatlinburg also has a popular snow tubing park, skiing and snowboarding equipment and clothing rentals, an ice skating rink, aerial tramway, restaurant and lounge, shops and more.

Ober Gatlinburg Named one of the top 10 Ski Destinations in the Country.Ober Gatlinburg was recently selected by AOL as one of the top 10 Ski Destinations in the country! It was selected based on its snow-making system, its tram that goes from downtown Gatlinburg, up to the resort, and the views of the Smoky Mountains!

Slopes are maintained with the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistent surface creating enjoyable skiing conditions.

The Cabins of Winfield HeightsIf you are interested in renting a Gatlinburg cabin that is located close to the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg, check out:

The Cabins of Winfield Heights!


Don’t forget that snow tubing is a great option at Ober Gatlinburg! All tubing sessions are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Ticket sales are on a first-come, first- served basis and may sell out early. Must be at least 6 years old and 42″ tall to ride solo; children ages 3 – 5 must ride with an adult; children under 3 are not permitted to ride.

Let's go snow skiing at Ober Gatlinburg!

OBER GATLINBURG SLOPE STATISTICS

SUMMIT ELEVATION: 3300 feet BASE ELEVATION: 2700 feet VERTICAL DROP: 600 feet LONGEST RUN: 5000 feet # OF TRAILS 7 tree lined, 1 open SLOPE DIFFICULTY: SLOPE LENGTH VERTICAL DROP BEGINNER ......2 Runs  Alpine Way 2,600' 279'  Bear Run 3,200' 393' INTERMEDIATE ..4 Runs  Castle Run 1,100' 163'  Cub Way 1,800' 163' ADVANCED ......2 Runs  Grizzly 3,800' 556'  Mogul Ridge 300' 235' Ober Chute 4,400' 556'  Ski School (teaching area) LIFTS: QUAD - 2 DOUBLE - 1 SURFACE LIFT - 1 LIFT CAPACITY - 6000 people per/hour AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL - 35 inches SNOWMAKING - 100% snowmaking capabilities AVERAGE SEASON - Mid-December through Early-March NIGHT SKIING - all trails except Grizzly LESSONS - Smoky Mtn. Snow Sport School http://www.smokysnowsport.com SKI RENTALS - 1700 sets step-ins available at area SNOWBOARD RENTALS - 150 sets step-ins available at area ($300 deposit required) SKI SHOP - Swiss Outdoors Gear Shop at area DINING - Snack bars, Food Carts, Cafe, Restaurant and Lounge FIRST AID - operated by National Ski Patrol HOSPITAL - 15 miles TRAVEL - Gatlinburg - 10 minutes via Tram; Knoxville - 40 miles (1 hour) via I-40 east to Rt.66 to Rt. 441 south 

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information 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 area.

Let It Snow!

Subscribe to A Day In The Smokies!Snow is more controversial than I ever thought possible! We have quite a few people who come here looking, hoping, praying for snow. We also have several people who are afraid of snow, or rather what it might do to the roads. In Gatlinburg we do occasionally get some snow, although rarely more than an inch. And it usually melts the next day. Here are some tips on how to enjoy (or survive) the winter weather here in the mountains!

Rent a Cabin in the Higher Elevations!1. Finding the Snow!
If you are one of those people who wants the snow, be encouraged! Just rent a cabin in a higher elevation, and chances are, if there’s the slightest chance of precipitation, it’ll snow at your cabin. If it doesn’t snow at your cabin while you’re here, stop by the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and ask the nice folks there if they know of any snow in the National Park that you could get to. On the higher elevations, once it snows, the mountains usually keep that white on their tops for the rest of the winter!

You don't need a Hummer, but 4 wheel drive is a good idea!!2. Avoiding Icy Mishaps!
Since they can’t control the weather, cabin rental companies don’t give refunds due to weather or road conditions. Besides, you’re coming to the mountains to enjoy the mountains! If you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, or can borrow one from a friend or rent one, we recommend this. If not, invest in chains for your tires. Our Wal-Mart here sells them for just $25-$65, depending on tire size. Well worth the investment! If you would still rather just avoid the steep hills altogether, make sure to ask your reservationist for a cabin that has no steep hills to get to. This can be very difficult to find around here, so be sure to book early.

Check the weather for Gatlinburg!3. Timing is everything!
Check the weather before you come. And once you’re here, check your radio, TV, or newspaper for regular weather updates. If there is a chance of snow or ice, plan to do your driving in Gatlinburg at the warmest, sunniest time of day. Don’t wait to go out and about, or wait to head back to your cabin, til after dark, when it will be colder, harder to see, and more difficult to find help if you need it. Don’t stay out much past 7pm, if there is any chance of bad weather. Get to your cabin and snuggle down for a cozy evening. Try to plan your vacation so that you don’t have to leave your cabin early in the morning. (It’s vacation, you want to sleep in anyway!) Give the sun a chance to thaw out the roads for you. If you feel it absolutely necessary to be out early in the morning, remember that 4-wheel drive and/or chains, and maybe even bring a bag of rock salt with you just in case.

Go Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg!4. Enjoy The Adventure That Comes To You!
The snow is absolutely gorgeous! Just imagine waking up to a winter wonderland! Don’t be a worry wart and ruin you and your family’s vacation! Enjoy it! Go sledding! Build a snowman! Snow angels! A fort or igloo! Head to Ober Gatlinburg and try skiing or snow tubing!

Get Some Great Deals This Winter!5. Be Prepared!
Here are some things to have with you:
* 4 wheel drive vehicle and/or chains for your tires
* rock salt
* windshield ice scraper
* flashlight
* starter log and matches or lighter if you have a wood-burning fireplace
* plenty of food
* hot chocolate!
* coffee
* sled
* an adventurous spirit
* a smile!

Now that we’re all ready… Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!!!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information 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 area.

GATLINBURG: It’s Time To Go Skiing!

Ski at Ober Gatlinburg!Cold weather is back in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. And, the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg are now open!

Ober Gatlinburg features nine trails serviced by two quad lifts, one double lift and one surface lift. The resort offers terrain for all abilities, from a beginner experiencing the joy of snow sports for the first time, to a seasoned expert hitting the moguls and terrain park. Ober Gatlinburg also has a popular snow tubing park, skiing and snowboarding equipment and clothing rentals, an ice skating rink, aerial tramway, restaurant and lounge, shops and more.

Ober Gatlinburg Named one of the top 10 Ski Destinations in the Country.Ober Gatlinburg was recently selected by AOL as one of the top 10 Ski Destinations in the country! It was selected based on its snow-making system, its tram that goes from downtown Gatlinburg, up to the resort, and the views of the Smoky Mountains!

Slopes are maintained with the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistent surface creating enjoyable skiing conditions.

 

Check out more pictures of Gatlinburg Cabin Squirrel's Nest!If you are interested in renting a Gatlinburg cabin that is located close to the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg, check out:

 Squirrel’s Nest

or

 The Cabins of Winfield Heights!


Don’t forget that snow tubing is a great new option at Ober Gatlinburg! All tubing sessions are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Ticket sales are on a first-come, first- served basis and may sell out early. Must be at least 6 years old and 42″ tall to ride solo; children ages 3 – 5 must ride with an adult; children under 3 are not permitted to ride.

Let's go snow skiing at Ober Gatlinburg!

OBER GATLINBURG SLOPE STATISTICS

 

SUMMIT ELEVATION:       3300 feet
BASE ELEVATION:         2700 feet
VERTICAL DROP:           600 feet
LONGEST RUN:            5000 feet
# OF TRAILS       7 tree lined, 1 open

SLOPE DIFFICULTY:             SLOPE           LENGTH   VERTICAL DROP

BEGINNER ......2 Runs        Alpine Way   2,600'        279'
                               Bear Run     3,200'        393'
INTERMEDIATE ..4 Runs        Castle Run   1,100'        163'
                               Cub Way      1,800'        163'
ADVANCED ......2 Runs        Grizzly      3,800'        556'
                               Mogul Ridge    300'        235'
                              Ober Chute   4,400'        556'
                               Ski School   (teaching area)
LIFTS:          QUAD    -  2
                DOUBLE  -  1
		SURFACE LIFT - 1

LIFT CAPACITY              -  6000 people per/hour
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL    -  35 inches
SNOWMAKING                 -  100% snowmaking capabilities
AVERAGE SEASON             -  Mid-December through Early-March
NIGHT SKIING               -  all trails except Grizzly
LESSONS                    -  Smoky Mtn. Snow Sport School
			      http://www.smokysnowsport.com
SKI RENTALS                -  1700 sets step-ins available at area
SNOWBOARD RENTALS	   -  150 sets step-ins available at area
			      ($300 deposit required)
SKI SHOP                   -  Swiss Outdoors Gear Shop at area
DINING                     -  Snack bars, Food Carts, Cafe, Restaurant and
                              Lounge
FIRST AID                  -  operated by National Ski Patrol
HOSPITAL                   -  15 miles
TRAVEL                     -  Gatlinburg - 10 minutes via Tram;
                              Knoxville - 40 miles (1 hour) via I-40 east to
                              Rt.66 to Rt. 441 south

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information 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 area.

Feeling Olympic?

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As the whole world watches the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, perhaps you are also getting in the Olympic mood! Not only are these athletes inspiring by the sheer nature of the sports to which they are so dedicated, but many of them have overcome seemly insurmountable odds to get to where they are! How can we not be inspired! Doesn’t watching the grace of those ice skaters make you want to skate gracefully across the rink yourself? Doesn’t watching the rush of those snowboarders heading down the slopes make you want to hit the slopes yourself? Look no further than the Smoky Mountains for your own Olympic Adventure!Click Here to Visit the Official Vancouver 2010 Olympics Website!

If Skiing and Snowboarding put you in the Olympic Mood, Gatlinburg has the perfect place for you!
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort offers 8 trails for skiing and snowboarding fun, with rental equipment in a variety of sizes! Don’t know how to ski or snow board? No worries! Ober Gatlinburg  offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for us newbies!

If the Bobsled or Luge events get your blood pumping, why not try some old-fashioned sledding on a snowy day in the Smokies, or even Snow Tubing, at Ober Gatlinburg! What could be more joyful than rushing down a snow-covered hill!

If you long to be like the Olympic ice skaters, the indoor ice arena at Ober Gatlinburg is the place to be! Dare to imagine yourself gliding across the ice with all the grace and speed of an Olympic Champion!

Could it be that Ice Hockey is one of your favorite Olympic events? If so, perhaps a day trip, during your stay in the Smokies, to see the Knoxville Ice Bears Play would be the perfect adventure for you!

And of course, don’t forget to come back each evening to a snug cabin in the Smokies to celebrate your victorious day by snuggling up together on the couch, lighting a fire, and watching the Olympics on television! Information about this years Olympics, including schedules, results, videos, pictures, and more can be found at the Vancouver 2010 official website!

GATLINBURG: Let’s Go Skiing!

Ski at Ober Gatlinburg!Cold weather is back in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. And, the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg are open a little early this year.

Ober Gatlinburg offers 8 ski trails serviced by two quad and one double chairlift which keeps you out of lift lines and on the slopes. When temperatures drop, their snow-making equipment blankets 100% of there slopes.

Slopes are maintained with the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistent surface creating enjoyable skiing conditions.

Check out more pictures of Gatlinburg Cabin Squirrel's Nest!If you are interested in renting a Gatlinburg cabin that is located close to the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg, check out:

Squirrel’s Nest

or

Among the Stars!


Don’t forget that snow tubing is a great new option at Ober Gatlinburg! All tubing sessions are 1 hour and 45 minutes. Ticket sales are on a first-come, first- served basis and may sell out early. Must be at least 6 years old and 42″ tall to ride solo; children ages 3 – 5 must ride with an adult; children under 3 are not permitted to ride.

Let's go snow skiing at Ober Gatlinburg!

OBER GATLINBURG SLOPE STATISTICS

SUMMIT ELEVATION:       3300 feet
BASE ELEVATION:         2700 feet
VERTICAL DROP:           600 feet
LONGEST RUN:            5000 feet
# OF TRAILS       7 tree lined, 1 open

SLOPE DIFFICULTY:             SLOPE           LENGTH   VERTICAL DROP

BEGINNER ......2 Runs        Alpine Way   2,600'        279'
                               Bear Run     3,200'        393'
INTERMEDIATE ..4 Runs        Castle Run   1,100'        163'
                               Cub Way      1,800'        163'
ADVANCED ......2 Runs        Grizzly      3,800'        556'
                               Mogul Ridge    300'        235'
                              Ober Chute   4,400'        556'
                               Ski School   (teaching area)
LIFTS:          QUAD    -  2
                DOUBLE  -  1
		SURFACE LIFT - 1

LIFT CAPACITY              -  6000 people per/hour
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL    -  35 inches
SNOWMAKING                 -  100% snowmaking capabilities
AVERAGE SEASON             -  Mid-December through Early-March
NIGHT SKIING               -  all trails except Grizzly
LESSONS                    -  Smoky Mtn. Snow Sport School
			      http://www.smokysnowsport.com
SKI RENTALS                -  1700 sets step-ins available at area
SNOWBOARD RENTALS	   -  150 sets step-ins available at area
			      ($300 deposit required)
SKI SHOP                   -  Swiss Outdoors Gear Shop at area
DINING                     -  Snack bars, Food Carts, Cafe, Restaurant and
                              Lounge
FIRST AID                  -  operated by National Ski Patrol
HOSPITAL                   -  15 miles
TRAVEL                     -  Gatlinburg - 10 minutes via Tram;
                              Knoxville - 40 miles (1 hour) via I-40 east to
                              Rt.66 to Rt. 441 south

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information 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 area.

GATLINBURG: 1st Snow of the Season

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Gatlinburg's First Snow of the Season!The snow didn’t quite make it in time for last night’s Christmas parade; however, Gatlinburg woke up to a beautiful little blanket of snow. 

I can almost hear the cheers at Ober Gatlinburg from my house 10 miles away.  Last year the folks at Ober were fighting unseasonably warm temperatures which delayed the opening of the slopes.  Maybe this first snow is a great sign of the blustery ski season ahead.

Visit Gatlinburg and enjoy the snow!I’m snuggled in at my house with Christmas movies and hot chocolate, but enjoy these wintery pics taken just after sunrise.  Maybe they will inspire you to come pay Gatlinburg a visit this winter. 

The Smoky Mountain crowds die down in winter, and although you’ll need a four-wheel drive to get to more remote locations…the weather is crisp and inspiring.  There are lots of great Winter Activities that don’t require a special vehicle, too.

Send us your winter pictures of Gatlinburg from past vacations so we can share in your joyous memories and Winter Family Traditions. We hope to see you soon!

Stay in your very own cabin and watch the snow fall!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information 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 area.