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Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway in Gatlinburg, TN

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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, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding, and much more. (Additional fees apply for these activities.)

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Sunday, Feb 14, 2016

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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.

Highlights

from Ashley, one of our Gatlinburg Travel Experts
  • Fantastic views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Provides easy access to Ober Gatlinburg attractions.
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Good To Know

from Joan, our Gatlinburg Market Manager
  • Few seats so expect to stand if busy.
  • Arrive early for less crowded tramways.
  • Tram departs every 20 minutes.
  • Rides last 10 minutes.
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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, Wildlife Encounter, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift, Kiddie Land and Rides, winter skiing and snowboarding, and much more. (Additional fees apply for these activities.)

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Alfred Pate Chipley, FL
1 Review
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"beautiful scenery"
Reviewed October, 2015
Love the view and the ride. We go every year.

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Carthage, TN
4 Reviews
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"Nice but crowded"
Reviewed October, 2015
We enjoyed the rides at the top but getting up there was scary. The trip back down was nice because there wasn't as many people on it.
Tip: It was worth being scared.

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Tyjuan Lockett Jackson, MS
3 Reviews
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"Fun!!!!!!!!!!"
Reviewed October, 2015
fun!!!!!!! Please do this you won't regret it!!!
Tip: Flying high!!!

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Hurlock, MD
5 Reviews
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"Loved it"
Reviewed October, 2015
I would definitely do this again. Beautiful scenery. Kids loved the rides on top of the mountain.

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Joan Parsons Parkersburg, WV
2 Reviews
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"Okay"
Reviewed October, 2015
I liked the ride, had a great view of the mountains, but was not impressed with what I saw at the top of the mountain. Came from Parkersburg, WV for a small weekend get away and ended up in the hospital Aug 28 and spent the whole weekend there. So I visited on Sunday afternoon before I left to go home and there was not very much going on. A friend that came with me tried to get there on Saturday, but it was so crowded and the traffic was so bad, that she turned around and came back to the hotel.

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Sheila Wilkerson Temple, GA
4 Reviews
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"Aerial Tram"
Reviewed October, 2015
we have been on the Aerial Tramway several times over the past years. It never gets old seeing the mountain view - we had an exceptional tram driver this time that gave out really interesting facts about the bear long the trip. Would recommend this activity for the family.
Tip: plan on staying at the top for several hours, plenty to do and you don't want to have to hurry back down

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Neketta Pollard Lucasville, OH
6 Reviews
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"Beautiful scenery"
Reviewed October, 2015
If you can get close to the sides of the tram, you can see beautiful views, if you can get close to the sides. We expected to see mountain views when tram reached the top.no way.

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Jeremy P. Charlotte, NC
5 Reviews
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"Best thing to do in town"
Reviewed October, 2015
I can't say what's at the top is fun, or what's at the bottom is fun. But the ride is definately amazing and our tickets allowed us to go again and again.

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Tammy Lopez Tampa, FL
1 Review
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"GREAT EXPERIENCE !!!"
Reviewed July, 2015
We truly enjoed the Ober experience. Amazing ride with a great view in both directions. The view from the top was AMAZING! Such a peaceful casual ride. very smooth. When at the top we enjoyed the MAZE, the zoo, the ski lift ride was charming and the incredible coaster ride was ridiculously THRILLING !!! We rode it THREE TIMES !!! Over all a great family fun experience!
Tip: When it is open to thoroughly enjoy all of the attractions,

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Emily Kelsey McMinnville, TN
3 Reviews
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"okay"
Reviewed April, 2015
It was an okay experience but I personally think they put to many people in the carts at once. On the way up I got stuck in the middle of the cart with 120 people & I couldn't see a thing. There's only enough seats for about 20 people out of the 120 people that can fit on it. Everyone else stands and holds on to handles hanging from the ceiling which there also isnt enough of those either. My boyfriend & I had to share a handle as we swung up the mountain in a cart crammed with people so close that were literally touching complete strangers some who have a strong foul body odor I may add. Due to being in the middle of the cart I seen the wonderful view of other peoples heads and seen no mountain view at all. The good thing about the tramway was its closed in so the chilly weather didn't bother us. However, I personally will not be doing this again.
Tip: be either one of the first people or last people on it

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Craig Chaney Pageland, SC
2 Reviews
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"very scenic"
Reviewed April, 2015
Was a great experience fun ride up. Guide was funny made it interesting.
Tip: ice skating

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Kathy K. Longwood, FL
4 Reviews
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"Only pictures from the tram"
Reviewed April, 2015
There is not an observation area to take pictures from the top which was very disappointing, however there are a few shops and indoor ice skating if your brave enough.

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Brenda M. Jackson, MI
1 Review
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"Tramway"
Reviewed April, 2015
The tram ride itself is only 9 mins long. It's ok but if you have no plans on doing any of the attractions on the other side I wouldn't recommend it.
Tip: It's only worth it if you want to do the things on the other side.

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Kandy Page Middleburg, FL
2 Reviews
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"Disappointment"
Reviewed March, 2015
All advertisements for the tram are misleading. The view is nice, but the view from our cabin was better. You are packed onto the tram like sardines. Once you get off the tram you enter a run down area with a few shops not worth anyone's time. Spend your money on the lift in Gatlinburg.
Tip: Advertisements are very misleading.

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angela madison Joshua, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ober Experience"
Reviewed March, 2015
We read all the info for Ober and we were so excited. We were very disappointed. Brochures arw vwry misleading. Tram was overly packed and couldn't enjoy ridevor view. Shopping advertisements make it sound like an upscale mall and it is cheesy shops. Would not go back. The lift in Gatlinburg is way better.
Tip: advertisements misleading

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Lake Mary, FL
1 Review
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"Awesome Ariel Tramway!"
Reviewed March, 2015
Very good service and a nice plesant experience
Tip: Do not miss the Arial Tramway and the Ski

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Patricia Streich Nesbit, MS
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"UP-Up-and Away"
Reviewed March, 2015
The aerial tram was an excellent experience. The guide was excellent in pointing out places of interest on the round trip. Didn't like that so many were crammed into such a small spaces especially since what you wanted to do was "see" the view. Need to consider fewer people for a better experience.. quite a long stand for elderly and nobody was giving up the "few" precious seats.

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Nichole Gilliam Vanceburg , KY
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Amazing View"
Reviewed March, 2015
I absolutely loved the tramway. If you are plannibg on going up to ober ski resort while on vacation in Gatlinburg the tramway is the only way to travel to and from the resort. The view is absolutely amazing, it was definitely money well spent.
Tip: I would suggest going as early in the morning as possible because it is a lot less crowded and you can see the view better.

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Michelle Hendrix belmont, NC
1 Review
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"Great family vacation!"
Reviewed February, 2015
My girls and I rented a cabin called Tippy Top. It was fantastic with great views and a short drive to downtown.
We did the tram to Ober Gatlinburg and ice skated, did the water and Alpine slides. Played mini golf at Cooters and ate great food. We even had a visit at our cabin from bears!! We LOVE Gatlinburg! !
Tip: Gatlinburg is an economical family vacation with tons to do!!

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Nikki H. Elba, AL
4 Reviews
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"Good experience, good value."
Reviewed January, 2015
The aerial tramway is fun in and of itself and gives you a great view of the area. Our guide on the way up was fabulous and pointed out several interesting homes. The guide on the way down was also nice and had a great sense of humor. Ober Gatlinburg is a little dated and all the slopes weren't yet open in mid-December, but the tramway is worth the money just for the view and the ride. I'd recommend the scenic chairlift once you get to the ski resort for an even better/higher view! They do try to pack a lot of people into the tram, so make sure to get next to a window.

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Belinda Dennis Calera, AL
4 Reviews
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"GREAT FAMILY FUN!!!"
Reviewed January, 2015
Love the Aerial Tram....the views are spectacular.....has a little something for everybody!!!
Tip: The restaurant is wonderful, so make sure you take your appetite with you!!!

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Mike Thomas Madison, MS
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ober Flight"
Reviewed January, 2015
This is the first time my wife and I traveled on the lift up to Obergatlinburg. Quite an experience and one we will do again. My wife was recovering from two back surgeries so there was a limited amount of activities we could do as it was very painful for her to walk. Maybe she will be better able to get around when we come back.
Tip: There may or may not be any snow and make sure you can walk around and see everything.

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer Decatur , AL
4 Reviews
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"Scenery!"
Reviewed January, 2015
Worth the panoramic view of mountains. Enjoyed it very much.

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Rhonda Gonzalez Gallion, AL
4 Reviews
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"Beautiful, but Crowded"
Reviewed January, 2015
The ride up was beautiful, by what I could see since there were so many people in there crammed together. The ride back down was a little better, not as many people. Crew was very friendly.
Tip: Be one of the first people in line to get a good "spot" to be able to have a good view of the mountains/scenery.

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Donna M

Crestwood, Kentucky

"Very expensive for only a ride up and down the mountain."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 07, 2016 NEW

My husband and I took the tram up to ride the mountain coasters. We felt $12 a piece to go up the mountain was a bit expensive. You are packed in like sardines, up to 100+ people in each car.

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Disneydean

Tennessee

"Ober Gatlinburg Tram"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 06, 2016 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the aerial tram. This is not an attraction for the faint of heart or for anyone scared of heights. The trip is well worth the anxiety and you can enjoy a wonderful view of the National Park. It is a bit pricey for the round trip ride, but you can also drive almost to the top and then take a shuttle to enjoy the activities at Ober Gatlinburg.

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bradbatch

Palacios, Texas

"Nice area"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2016 NEW

It was super foggy when we went so couldn't see much. The coaster was closed :-( but got to snow tube for an hour and half. I was having just as much as my little nephews were. People very friendly and helpful. If it wouldn't have been so foggy I know the ride to the top would have been much much better.

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Ken T

Charlotte, North Carolina

"A Gatlinburg 'Must-Do'"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2016 NEW

A nice relaxing tram ride to the Ober Gatlinburg attractions. The operators are fun and can offer great suggestions for Gatlinburg attractions and food. Be sure to ride the Ski Mountain Coaster once you reach the top. It is well worth the price.

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MrsWatwood

Cullman, Alabama

"Beautiful view!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2016 NEW

Decent price per person for a scenic trip up the mountain. And who knows? You might spot a bear down below! We saw one!

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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?
Pets are not permitted in the Tramway Mall or on any premises at Ober Gatlinburg. Service animals for guests with disabilities are permitted.

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.

Does it cost money to participate in the activities at the top of the mountain?
Yes, below is pricing for each attraction: (subject to change)
Alpine Slide - $7 per person (weight limit 300 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult)
Scenic Chairlift - $7 per person (weight limit 600 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with adult)
Wildlife Encounter - $7 adults, $5 children (5-11 years)
Ice Skating - $9
Carousel - $3.50 (children 36” must ride with adult)
Ski Rental - $25 day time, $20 Night time
Snowboard Rental - $30 Day time, $25 Night Time
Please note pricing is subject to change.

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 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.

Do you rent ski clothing?
We do rent snow pants for $12/$30 deposit, ski jackets for $12/$50 deposit, and helmets for $6/$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.



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