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Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway in Gatlinburg, TN

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Overview

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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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, 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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41 Reviews sorted by:
Shane Lanzendorfer
Altoona, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun and safe excursion"
August, 2016 NEW
We had a great time on the aerial tram, even though my wife is scared of heights. Our five children had a blast looking out the windows as we went higher. Unfortunately it rained once we reached the top, so we were unable to do the alpine slide and some other activities, but it was still a great day.
Tip: Fun for a large family.

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Brandie Wade
Cranesville , PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Gatlinburg"
August, 2016 NEW
What an awesome experience for our family! This was our second trip to Gatlinburg, the first trip we did not have time to ride the Tram but this time we did. The staff was very helpful and welcoming to my mother who does not walk well and the view is spectacular. When we come back it will be on our list of things to do again!
Tip: Have your camera and don't be nervous, it is a smooth ride.

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Scott Peacock
Jamestowns, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"WOW!"
August, 2016 NEW
The trip up and down the mountain was spectacular. You can see up and down the valley with unobstructed views. Expect a long wait to return down the mountain.
Tip: Give yourself alot of time to do this. Go early in the morning so you dont cut yourself short on seeing what all they have to see at the top of the mountain.

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Brian C.
Georgetown, MA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Views"
August, 2016 NEW
A last minute decision to ride the tram. Great views of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg. A bit pricey if you add the price of the tram and then the attractions once you get to the top

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Saed Alnaimat
Chicago, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing aerial view"
August, 2016 NEW
This is a must for all Tennessee visitors! Gatlinburg will be iconized as you travel up the smoky mountains, and you will see really unique views. The staff is very friendly and funny. We had so much fun on the top as well!
Tip: Bring a good camera, bring cash

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brian buttrum
noblesville, IN
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great view"
August, 2016 NEW
Little pricey considering once you get to the top you have to pay for all the activities too. But it is worth it. The tram operators are very friendly and talkative.

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Katelyn S
1 Review
"Nice view"
August, 2016 NEW
On the way up there it was alright , the scenery is definetly gorgeous, but they pack you in sardines , so if your'e in the middle of the tram , you can't see anything ! It's very hot inside the tram , no air conditioning
Tip: They Pack you in like sardines, at least 90 people in each tram. The top of the mountain is really nice with lots todo up there.

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Sandra Rosploch
South Milwaukee, WI
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Tramway Ride"
July, 2016 NEW
Enjoyed our ride up the side of the mountain. Beautiful views from any seat.
Tip: Enjoy the activities at the top of the mountain, ice skating, animals, water rides.

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Katie Brautigan
Orlando, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Dinner with a view"
July, 2016
My family recently visited the Pigeon Forge/Gatlingburg area and our trip was nothing short of AMAZING! From the sights, to the food, to the people everything offered was fantastic! I do wish my family had given ourselves more time for Gatlinburg and spend more time on the top of the mountain. My family and I will definitely be booking another vacation here to enjoy everything there is to offer.
Tip: Plan before you go. We winged it and still had an amazing time!

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Julie Pantas
Mt Pleasant, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great way to save time"
July, 2016
There were 6 of us for this weekend trip. All we had to do is agree on a day. The online purchase was easy and accurate. Just had to show the paper ticket and purchaser's drivers license-so we did not have to wait in a long line. I would do this again.
Tip: If you need to change or cancel there are no fees but you do have to wait on hold over the phone for awhile. Easy to apply discount codes.

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Sissy Ramos
Parrish, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun for the entire family"
July, 2016
Ober is beautiful and we had a great day. The only thing is I wish they had more for older children. Out 13 year old got bored quickly the little ones, 10 and 8 loved every minute of it. Also some more shaded benches would be helpful.

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Carol Keller
Rockport, IN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ober"
July, 2016
It was great!
Tip: Definitely do Ober!

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sergey sokho
Hollywood, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice"
June, 2016
I have great time I loved
Tip: Nice experience

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Patti Williard
Yadkinville, NC
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ober"
June, 2016
We went the day of our ticket and it was down for maintenance. We were told to come back and they would honor the ticket; which they did. Just lost $10 for parking, then went back the next day and found parking for $5. It was a nice ride up, couldn't see much it was so full. Then you have to purchase tickets for everything to do. Nah, we just walked around and came back down.
Tip: Be prepared to pay for parking everywhere, ridiculous! Especially after paying $10 a piece to ride. The cheapest parking we found was $5.00.

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JORGE BARRON
Topeka , KS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent"
June, 2016
Trip over gatlinburg was awesome 100% recomended

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Tamera Langford
Birmingham, AL
1 Review
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"Awesome Views"
June, 2016
Took a long weekend to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. While there, rode the Aerial Tramway. The tram operators were very personable and funny. The views from the top are beautiful for the late spring visit. We want to return in the fall to see the colors of the trees during the season change.
Tip: When you visit, be aware that if the weather looks like rain, the Aerial Tramway will still operate but some of the activities at the top of the mountain may be closed down.

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Ryan Evans
Melbourne, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent View of the Smoky Mountains"
June, 2016
During our recent trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we had the opportunity to adventure on the Ober Gatlinburg Ariel Tramway. The Staff at Ober were very professional and narrated our journey to the top of the mountain. They have plenty of activities to explore and their Wildlife Encounter was one of the highlights of our visit. We were able to have dinner at the on-site restaurant and check out the mountain before heading back down.

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

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Reserve Gatlinburg Customer
Carthage, TN
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Nice but crowded"
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
Verified Traveler
"Fun!!!!!!!!!!"
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
Verified Traveler
"Loved it"
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
Verified Traveler
"Okay"
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
Verified Traveler
"Aerial Tram"
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
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful scenery"
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
Verified Traveler
"Best thing to do in town"
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
Verified Traveler
"GREAT EXPERIENCE !!!"
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
Verified Traveler
"okay"
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
Verified Traveler
"very scenic"
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
Verified Traveler
"Only pictures from the tram"
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
Verified Traveler
"Tramway"
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
Verified Traveler
"Disappointment"
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"
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
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Ariel Tramway!"
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"
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"
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
Verified Traveler
"Great family vacation!"
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
Verified Traveler
"Good experience, good value."
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
Verified Traveler
"GREAT FAMILY FUN!!!"
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"
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
Verified Traveler
"Scenery!"
January, 2015
Worth the panoramic view of mountains. Enjoyed it very much.

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Rhonda Gonzalez
Gallion, AL
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful, but Crowded"
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Scott P
"Day trip "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW
Tram ride was cool. Sky coaster was awesome! Longest chairlift in the south. Alpine slide & lots of shops in the mall. Good day trip.
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HurricaneEmpress
West Palm Beach, Florida
"Kids loved all the things to do"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW
It is a great place to take the kids to do some fun things and wear them out. They loved being able to just have fun!
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ging2medeiros
Collierville, Tennessee
"A little dated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW
We took the tram up and at $12 a head for a short ride up and down was a little pricey. They packed people in and there were not a lot of handholds available. A bit stuffy too. The view was nice though. Once up there, it felt liked you stepped back in time...like the 70s. Very dated. The stores looked like the stores you see down Main Street at small town, USA that time forgot.The rides we saw were okay. Not even themed. We took the chair lift up which was another dip into our pockets at $7 each. Nice ride and they take your photo as you near the top. The scenic outlook was surprisingly nice and had a great panoramic view. They even had a bluegrass band performing which was a really nice touch. The place is really more for kids 12 and under and maybe for teens who want a place to hang without their parents :).
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Beaciaczek
Chicago, Illinois
"Go for Trolls and view!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW
Nice trip with nice view. Is worthed for the view. Do not plan to eat there-distasteful . Interesting attraction is the ice rink( I wish they have a helmets ). There is few attractions worthed to see. Definitely look for a store selling the Trolls! The Arensbak family make them for over 50 years. Then follow the Trolls to the place of their creation. Is a fun trip . You can meet their creators and learn their history at 5 ArtsStudio near Cosby TN.
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Nai_Nai_Girl
Carolina Girl
"Great Views"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW
The sky tram is definitely worth taking to see the mountains. The coaster is for those riskier patrons, not me, but my friends loved it. There's numerous stores in the "mall," but nothing that interested me. A lot of the places looked run down and in need of renovation.

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.