Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway in Gatlinburg, TN

1001 ParkwayGatlinburg, TN 37738
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Ride the 120-passenger Aerial Tramway year round and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains and a mountain of fun for the whole family at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. The Tram departs every 20 minutes for the 10-minute journey up the mountain. Ober Gatlinburg offers activities including indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, and Scenic Chairlift.

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from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Few seats so expect to stand if busy.
  • Arrive early for less crowded tramways.
  • Tram departs every 20 minutes.
  • Rides last 10 minutes.
  • Fantastic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Provides easy access to Ober Gatlinburg attractions.

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You will enjoy great views on the way up along with plenty to explore at the top, including an animal sanctuary where you can buy tickets to see bears, otters, and other wildlife up close. If you’re feeling daring, you can even buy an additional ticket to ride a chair lift to the very top of the mountain.

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Ride the 120-passenger Aerial Tramway year round and enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains and a mountain of fun for the whole family at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park. The Tram departs every 20 minutes for the 10-minute journey up the mountain.

Ober Gatlinburg offers activities for all ages including shopping and dining, indoor ice skating, Ski Mountain Coaster, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Rock Wall, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding, and much more. (Additional fees apply for these activities.)

Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Reviews

71 Reviews
Terrell Hill
Pleasant Grove, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Exciting and beautiful"
October, 2018 NEW
This was one of my favorite parts of our trip. Being able to ride over the city to see all of the wonderful views of God's creation was truly amazing. I can't wait to do it again!
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Tip: The ride takes about 10-15 minutes. The line to buy a ticket was pretty long. It's so much better to buy online. We were able to bypass the line because we already had our tickets

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Kristyn Purvis
New castle, IN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful views"
October, 2018 NEW
Wonderful views, smooth ride, family friendly
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Ashley Jones
Pikeville, NC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great experience, needs more small kid activities"
August, 2018
We had a great time on Ober Gatlinburg, my only concern was after you buy ‘kiddie land’ tickets you literally have 3 things you can do, not including the playground. There’s not much seating around the playground area either. The employees who worked the return ski lift for the alpine slide were cutting up and calling each other racists the whole time we waited for my husband And son to slide down the alpine slide. The best part about this place is the tram ride up.
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Tip: Need walking shoes, limited rides, limited shopping

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LESLIE BURRIS
cleves, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Our best day was in ober Gatlinburg"
August, 2018
The tram was amazing and the people leading it were funny and kept you laughing so you didn't think about your nerves
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Tip: Try the tram it's a blast

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stevie Sanderson
Prairieville, LA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Awesome view"
August, 2018
This gave you a great view of gatlinburg on the ride. Get to the top and it is like it’s own town. The mountain coaster was really fun. Shopping, games, ice skating, and bumper cars. Awesome environment.
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Tip: Family fun day.

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Belal Muhammad
Cincinnati, OH
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great adventure"
July, 2018
Very safe a room-like cable care takes you up to the mountain with fabulous view. You can spend time playing, eating or shopping on the top then come back whenever you like...
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Tip: Be ready to stand up in the line and in the cable car for a few minutes as seats in the car are limited...

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Beverly Bryant
Frankfort, IN
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Sky's the limit"
July, 2018
Went with family. Breath taking views
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Nagendra Roy
Alpharetta , GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent"
July, 2018
Wonderful tram car experience, it also gives you options to do more ride once you reach to your peak point of the ride.
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Tip: You can travel with family kids and senior citizens as well

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adams82465
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
"Not worth it"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2018 NEW
Was the worst trip I have ever had. They cram so many people on the tram that it is not even enjoyable. You have no view and can't even move. Why not take less people up at a time so everyone can enjoy the trip. Would just as well drive up.
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Kayla B
"Ober Gatlinburg "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
We had a BLAST!!! We first took the tram up to Ober and it was so worth the trip!! Great views of the smoky mountains and from the tram we saw a bear in someone's front yard!! When we got up to Ober, we first did the ice bumper cars and then the ski coaster. I was very afraid of the coaster but my boyfriend convinced me otherwise such amazing views and it was so much fun!
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gracefuljoy
Huntsville, Alabama
"Great Family Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
We loved our first trip to Ober Gatlinburg! The tram ride was amazing. Our kids enjoyed the wildlife encounter, the mountain coaster, the alpine slide, and the ice bumper cars the most. We were so impressed with how nice and clean everything was inside. There are several unique shops, places to eat, and it was so fun to be there for Octoberfest! My only word of advice is to plan your trip back with flexibility. We ended up waiting for about an hour (one tram travels in each direction every 20 minutes) and almost missed our dinner reservations.
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joe85148
Newnan, Georgia
"Breath-taking tram ride. It is down hill from there."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2018 NEW
The tram ride is great, and a good way to get into Gatlinburg if you are staying at one of the near-by A-frames on the mountain. Our daughter said the coaster ride was good. The shopping is all retail and above, with rare bargains. The shows are kind of past their expiration dates. We saw lots of new construction, so maybe things will improve. Do not eat any food up there for it is really bad! We tried the "brats," and they were embarrassingly bad, and served on the warm side of cold. The pretzels were bad. The ice skating rink was unexpected and nice. The faux-Octoberfest was a kitschy way to sell so-so beer.
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1967Momof4
Central City, Kentucky
"Beautiful Ride!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2018 NEW
It a beautiful trip up and back, but once you get to the top the shows are kind of old. There are things to do and a couple places to eat. Ice skating, arcade, bears to look at. And some shops. There are some rides.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

Can I bring food or alcohol to Ober Gatlingburg?
Outside food and beverages including alcoholic beverages are not allowed on to the Aerial Tramway or Ober Gatlinburg premises. Beer is available for consumption in Ober’s Snack bar and alcoholic beverages are available in the Seasons of Ober Restaurant and The Loft Lounge.

Does Ober Gatlinburg rent strollers and wheelchairs?
A limited number of single and double strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first served basis. Single strollers are $4.00 per day, and double strollers are $6.00 per day. Unfortunately, we do not rent wheelchairs at this time.

How much is parking?
Parking is $5.00 CASH per standard-size vehicle and $7.00 for over-sized vehicles. Parking is not available on the mountain for buses and over-sized vehicles on weekends & holidays. Sorry, all parking must be paid with cash – no credit cards accepted.

How often does the aerial tram leave?
The Tram leaves every 20 minutes, taking you on a beautiful 10 minute, 2.1 mile long ride between our downtown tram terminal and our resort on top of the mountain.

Is there an ATM located at Ober Gatlinburg?
ATM machines are located in the Downtown Tramway Mall next to the River Road entrance, and in the Ober Gatlinburg Mall near the hallway entrance to the Ober’s Snack bar (ATM 1) and to the left side of the Fudge Shop (ATM 2).

What is the pet policy at Ober Gatlinburg?
Pets are not permitted in the Tramway Mall, the Aerial Tramway or on any premises at Ober Gatlinburg. Service animals for guests with disabilities are permitted.

Where are the first aid stations?
Ober Gatlinburg staffs the Operations Office with medical personnel during operating hours. The Operations Office is located at the end of the walkway near the Alpine Slide/Scenic Chairlift entrance.

Additionally, in the winter months, the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Patrol is available during all slope hours. The Ski Patrol consists of approximately 60 paid and unpaid volunteers all trained in Outdoor Emergency Care – a certification course in first aid, CPR, and other pre-hospital care and treatment for possible injuries – and are part of a larger international organization, the National Ski Patrol System (NSPS) which includes almost 30,000 patrollers.

What activities are located at the top of the mountain?
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park offers activities for all ages. Shopping and dining, indoor ice skating, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, scenic chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding, a Rock Wall, Ski Mountain Coaster, and so much more are offered at the top of the mountain.

Does it cost money to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain?
Yes, while at Ober Gatlinburg you may purchase a wristband or attraction tickets that will allow you to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain. Wristband pricing is as follows (subject to change):

  • Basic Wristband: $20 for children (ages 5-11), $25 for adults. Includes the Scenic Chairlift, Alpine Slide, Blue Cyclone Rapids, Lightnin’ Water Ride, Shoot-the-Chute Water Ride, Amaze’N Maze, Rock Wall, Chair Swing, Mini Golf, Kiddie Rides, and Carousel.
  • Premium Wristband: $30 for children (ages 5-11), $35 for adults. Includes the Scenic Chairlift, Alpine Slide, Blue Cyclone Rapids, Lightnin’ Water Ride, Shoot-the-Chute Water Ride, Amaze’N Maze, Rock Wall, Chair Swing, Mini Golf, Kiddie Rides, Carousel, Wildlife Encounter, 3 Hours of Ice Skating, and 1 Ride on the Ski Mountain Coaster.

Attraction tickets are $3.50 each. Guests may purchase a book of 10 tickets for $31.50. Attractions require the following number of tickets or dollars to participate (subject to change):

  • Alpine Slide - 2 tickets ($7 per person). Weight limit of 300 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult.
  • Scenic Chairlift - 2 tickets ($7 per person) Weight limit of 600 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult.
  • Carousel - 1 ticket ($3.50 per person). Children under 36" must ride with an adult.
  • Chair Swing - 1 ticket ($3.50 per person)
  • Mini Golf - 1 ticket ($3.50 per person)
  • Amaze'N Maze - 2 tickets ($7 per person)
  • Kiddie Rides and Kiddie Land - 2 tickets ($7 per person)
  • Wildlife Encounter - $7 adults, $5 children (5-11 years)
  • Ice Bumper Cars - 2 tickets ($7 per person). Must be 7 years or older to ride alone. Ages 3 – 6 years must ride with adult (18 yrs or older) Riders cannot exceed a combined weight of 300 lbs.
  • Rock Wall - 2 tickets ($7 per person). Minimum weight of 45 lbs.
  • Ice Skating - $9 all ages. Includes 3 hours of continuous session and skates.
  • Ski Rental - $25 day time, $20 night time. Includes skis/boots/poles and equipment breakage insurance.
  • Snowboard Rental - $30 day time, $25 night time. Includes board and boots.
  • Ski Mountain Coaster - $15 per Rider (ages 3 & up) each ride - or $36 for 3 rides (same rider)

Please note pricing is subject to change.

What are the ride restrictions for the ski mountain coaster?

  • Children under 3 years of age are not allowed to ride.
  • Pregnant women “should not” ride (manufacturer recommendation).
  • Must be 9 years or older to ride alone.
  • Children under 9 years are only allowed to ride with someone 18 years or older, who has been given the responsibility by the person responsible for the child’s supervision.
  • To ride double, the brake controller must be 18 years or older.
  • No food, gum, drinks, cameras, recording devices, or cell phones are permitted on this ride.
  • Shoes required, secure on feet during the ride.
  • Loose items are not permitted on this ride.
  • Brake controller must be able to operate both levers.
  • Minimum height: Rear, 52" – Front, 36".
  • Maximum Combined Weight per Cart: 300 lbs.



For skiing and snowboarding, when does the area open/close for the season?
We usually open around mid-December and our typical closing date is early to mid-March. We open as soon as we have made enough snow to cover most of the trails. The opening and closing dates vary depending on the weather.

What are the mountain statistics of the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area?
Ober Gatlinburg offers 10 ski trails serviced by two quad and one double chairlift which keeps you out of lift lines and on the slopes. When temperatures drop, our snowmaking equipment blankets 100% of our slopes. Slopes are maintained with the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistent surface creating enjoyable skiing conditions.

  • Summit Elevation: 3300 feet
  • Base Elevation: 2700 feet
  • Vertical Drop: 600 feet
  • Longest Run: 5000 feet
  • 10 Trails and 1 Terrain Park
  • 2 Quad Lifts, 1 Double, 1 Handle tow

Are ski/snowboard tickets available for purchase at Ober Gatlinburg?
Yes. Ski area tickets gives you access to the ski slopes for one session of skiing or snowboarding. Tickets are good for unlimited use of the ski slopes during your session. Everyone must have a current valid Ski Area Ticket (and ski/snowboard equipment) at all times to enter the slopes.

Ticket prices vary based on age and day/night time. See pricing schedule here.

Do you rent ski clothing?
We do rent snow pants for $12 per day with a $30 deposit, ski jackets for $12 per day with a $50 deposit, and helmets for $6 per day with a $50 deposit.  All items are rented on a first-come-first-serve basis.

May I bring our sleds and use them on your slopes?
Sorry, sleds are not allowed on our slopes.

What should I wear for skiing, snowboarding or tubing?
The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you more flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity. Turtleneck shirts, sweaters, long underwear and footless tights work well as under-layers. Wear one pair of socks. Ski boots and snowboard boots have liners. Wear appropriate hats, goggles, gloves, sunglasses, etc. for the weather conditions.
Be sure to wear pants or jacket/shirt with a hole or loop to fasten the lift or tubing ticket such as a zipper pull, button-hole or belt loop.

What size ski/snowboard boots are offered at Ober Gatlinburg?
Ski boot rentals run Child’s 6-13, Junior 1-3 and Adult 4-16. Snowboard boot rentals run Child’s 11-13, Junior 1-3 and Adult size 4-14.

Is Ober Gatlinburg open on holidays?
Yes, we are open on every Holiday of the year, with extended hours on and around many of these. The only exception is shorter hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but we are OPEN both days.