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

68 Reviews
LESLIE BURRIS
cleves, OH
1 Review
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"Our best day was in ober Gatlinburg"
August, 2018 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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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Bharathkumar Balemane
Columbus, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"What an experience!!"
July, 2018
It was indeed a wonderful experience at Ober Gatlinburg aerial tramway. We spend 4 to 5 hours of quality time with family which included going in a tram and fun activities up on the hell. This is must visit at Smokies
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Heather Metzger
ADA, OH
1 Review
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"Fun time!"
July, 2018
The view of the area on the tram ride was amazing!!! My family also loved the ice bumper cars!
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Sally Koshko
Clinton Township, MI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice trip up the mountain"
July, 2018
The tram was fine except for the fact that you have to stand. There were only 8 or 10 seats so almost everyone had to stand during the ride, unless you were first in line to get in. However, the ski lift was a fun ride up to the top where you could then relax and listen to hillbilly music, and enjoy the beautiful view. There was an added charge of $7.00 for the ski lift.
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Tip: There is food available to purchase

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Jessica K
Tarpon Springs, Florida
"Ober Gatlinburg "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2018 NEW
There are a lot of activities offered at this amusement park, however weather conditions are vital to everything! We had intermittent rain showers, no thunderstorms, yet all the rides must be stopped. Nothing runs in the rain except some swings and the maze. So we spent a lot of time just waiting. The Alpine Slide was a no go, as we were told “it must be completely dry to run it. There might be water from the nearby trees that spray onto the slide due to the breeze,” so this ride was shut down completely. The views and activities that we could do were amazing. Worth the trip, except pay attention to the weather! Have no idea how it’s run when there is snow....
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Julie K
"Amazing Views!! We spent the whole afternoon!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2018 NEW
I was recommended to this attraction by a family member who had been here because of the Spectacular Views, and we were not disappointed!! Traveling up and back down was such a wonderful way to see the gorgeous mountains and views of the city. We spent the sunny afternoon eating lunch at the indoor restaurant, where we looked out at such a pretty scene with large windows all around, and there are other fast food places outside too. Riding the sky lift was fun for all of us (I stopped half way and took the slide down which wasn’t very thrilling, and I missed the beautiful view at the top, so stay on and ride to the top), I also rode the mountain coaster which was fun, fast, and a bit too scary for me, but it was thrilling! We shopped just a bit, and didn’t have to wait long to catch the ride back down. The workers were very friendly, and my husband, teen son and I all had a great time! Younger children would like the smaller rides too. My photos and videos are so beautiful!
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Heather C
Haverhill, Massachusetts
"Late night Tram ride"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2018 NEW
My teenage son and I took a late evening tram ride up the mountain. We bought our tickets knowing that we would only have a short time at the top. With that being said, when we arrived at the top, everything was closed. In fact, it was desolate. We did not see any smiling faces, which is somewhat understandable as it was the end of the day and the employees were tired. However, it reminded me of an empty, deserted shopping mall. We rode back down the mountain with at least 20 employees who were headed home. It was extremely loud and uncomfortable. The views were beautiful both ways and I am glad that we did. However, I do not advise going later in the day as we did.
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maxbL6137AS
Birmingham, United States
"Fun experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2018 NEW
The gondola ride was fun and offers a view of Gatlinburg. Once you get off at the top there are several things to do including a chair lift to the top, ice skating, bumper cars, viewing bears, carnival type rides and food. We chose to ride the chairlift to the top where a string band was playing. They are good musicians. We went between rains but I would not recommend if it is bad weather.
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Jeremy C
Piner, Kentucky, United States
"Ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2018 NEW
Everything costs. Wanted to show the kids the view. Spend $ elsewhere. That's all enjoy the trip. 😉
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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.