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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from Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
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

56 Reviews
Margaret Naffin
Cressona, PA
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great time!"
June, 2018 NEW
We absolutely loved the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram!! It is an enjoyable ride and one we looked forward to. Our tram guide was fun and informative. When we arrived at the top, we then took the ski lift to the very top of the mountain. What a spectacular view!! And they're was a band playing that added to the ambiance. We were 3 adults and when we took the ski lift back down, we did the mountain coaster. That was amazing and so much fun!! When we go back in a year or two, we plan to repeat Ober Gatlinburg!
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Tip: Be prepared to have a great time!!??

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ANA MILLER
RAY, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"out of order"
June, 2018 NEW
we couldn't use this attraction because was out of service for maintenance, and I didn't get my money back :(
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Tip: be sure isn't out of order

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Amy Caudill
Wapak, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Love this place"
June, 2018 NEW
Me and my kids go here everytime were in tn
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Melissa Beall
Grand Haven, MI
9 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Better when less crowded"
April, 2018
Tram itself was a nice experience and tickets were easy to purchase. Going up the crowd was really loud - large family of 20+ people. Ride back down was nicer, less crowded and we could actually see out the windows. Got some nice pictures.
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Tip: We rode the tram just for the experience - don't expect much when you get to the top. Attractions are pretty run down looking.

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Karen Troutman
Galveston, IN
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful evening"
April, 2018
We rode the Tram with our son and two of his friends! All eyes were peeled to see the views. There was a recent fire in the mountains and our driver told us some history about the area.
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Tip: If windy they may shut down the tram for your safety

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Karen Troutman
Galveston, IN
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Don’t miss the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway!"
April, 2018
I purchased our Tramway tickets through Reserve Pigeon Forge. It was unforgettable experience and one we won’t soon forget.
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Tip: There was a terrible storm and for our safety we were safely transported by bus to the bottom. We also ate at a lovely restraurant at the top so plan plenty of time!

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Carrie Blondeel
Warsaw, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
March, 2018
The tram was great! My husband was a little frightened because it was so windy, but it was comical! The driver was hilarious and very friendly!
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Anita Afshari
Brentwood, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun little spot"
March, 2018
Really cute little place with a ice skating rink and the ice tubing. Looked like I walked into a place from the 80s but I really loved the vibes
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Molly S
"Great Place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2018 NEW
Love the park and Ski lift! A beautiful view of Gatlinburg as you travel up the mountains. This place is awesome in the winter too with sking and snowboarding. If you dont know how they provide lessons too! Ice skating rink is also inside with little stores. There is even a place to view a couple of bears !
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sandrawA2736WY
Fort Mill
"Great views"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
We took the gondola up from downtown and then the ski lift up to the top of the mountain. Well worth it. However, the amusement park itself was small and did not interest us.
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brynkitty
"Surprisingly nice place to play!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
Many things to do once you take the gondola up the mountain. Gondolier was very informative. So many things to do once you get there inside and out. Parts were closed because of rain but otherwise a good experience. Nancy @GS was very sweet and accommodating when we had to have refund on the Alpine Slide because it shut down. Will recommend to friends and family.
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Jane L
"The view was breathtaking "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
Go to the top and see the Smokys. So beautiful! Would go again and again. Love that you can go up on the ski lift. So reading and peaceful.
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jrog9832
Arvada, Colorado
"Nice place to take the kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2018 NEW
We chose to do this for the views and hopefully catch a sunset and were a but disappointed. The tram does not go all the way to the top of the hill so it wasn't ideal. Still nice views but not what we were anticipating. There's tons of things for kids to do when you get up there but I wouldn't spend a great deal of time there unless you want to spend a bunch of money.
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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.