Ski Resorts Near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Ski Resorts Near Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Four major ski resorts exist within a two-hour drive of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the gateway to Smoky Mountains National Park. A touristy, adventure town filled with shops, museums, art galleries and restaurants, you can find something here for everyone in the family. Start your adventure with a day on the ski slopes.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

Ober Gatlinburg is the only ski resort in all of Tennessee. Located in Gatlinburg, at the base of the majestic Smoky Mountains, Ober ski resort is a big hit with beginner skiers locally and from far away. At Ober, you can ski a variety of runs at different skill levels, and advanced skiers will enjoy the many difficult black diamond trails.

Season passes for 2010 start at $299 and daily passes start at $30 for adults and $20 for juniors (under 12). Ski tickets are cheaper at night and on weekdays. If you are traveling with a group, call the mountain resort office for discounts and deals. After a long day of skiing, rest your legs by hopping on an inner tube and sliding down a channel of packed snow.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5423


Cataloochee Ski Resort

Located in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, the Cataloochee ski resort is a 90-minute drive from Gatlinburg. Cataloochee, renowned for offering one free beginning ski lesson to all first-time visitors, is the ideal family resort.

A little more expensive than Ober, Cataloochee's daily passes start at $50. However, you get more for your buck, as Cataloochee has over 30 different ski trails at all levels, and two on-site restaurants featuring over 50 different dishes to satisfy your taste.

Cataloochee Ski Resort
1080 Ski Lodge Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
(828) 926-0285

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Rated the best ski mountain in Western North Carolina by Ski Magazine, Wolf Ridge ski resort won't disappoint even the most finicky of skiers. With stunning views, well-groomed slopes, a new quad lift, new terrain park, and over 80 acres of ski terrain, there is something for everyone at this accessible, family-friendly resort.

Located two hours from Gatlinburg, you can easily get here for a day trip. Of all the ski resorts located near Gatlinburg, Wolf Ridge offers the best trails for intermediate and advanced skiers.

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
578 Valley View Circle
Mars Hill, NC 28754
(800) 817-4111

Sapphire Valley Ski Resort

Opened in the winter of 2009, Sapphire Valley is ideal for Gatlinburg skiers, as it's a little over two hour's drive away. Sapphire consists of two major trails, one for beginning skiers and one for intermediate/advanced skiers. With a vertical drop of 200 feet, beginners will feel comfortable learning how to ski on Sapphire's gentle slopes.

Lift tickets start at $22 for a weekday pass. Skiers who purchase a lift ticket gain access to the Sapphire Recreation Center, which includes an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness center and arcade.

The resort's restaurant features great happy hour deals and tasty appetizers that won't clean out your wallet. Even though gas money is needed to make this trip from Gatlinburg, overall this resort is a best bet for skiers looking to save money.

Sapphire Valley Ski Resort
4350 Hwy. 64 West
Sapphire, NC 28774
(828) 743-7663


Article Written By Kathryn Wagner

Kathryn Wagner currently lives in Uganda. She has more than six years of professional writing experience and her poems and essays have appeared in "Nidus," "the North Dakota Quarterly," "Big City Lit," "Identity Theory" and the "Tucson Weekly." Wagner has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Arizona.

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