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 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.)

Tripster Customer Reviews

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Nestor S.
Saint Charles, MO
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Nice natural adventure"
December 2019
Was cool experience visiting the mountains and ride until the ice place, even enjoyable pizza and shopping some clothes also.
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Tip: Nice staff will assist you if you have handicap family member

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Brian Spraker
Decatur, IL
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Always A Good Time"
November 2019
Always a good time at Ober Gatlinburg. We have went in Easter for the past two years but went in November this year to see the leaves changing colors in the mountains. Tram ride has great views of the mountains and Ober Gatlinburg offers many options for entertainment.
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Susan Justice
Hendersonville, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Needs updating"
September 2019
I went on Labor Day weekend so the crowds were ridiculous. Tram was packed. Up top, the stores are a little tired and outdated. It seemed like a mini mall of yesteryear.
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Tip: Buy tickets online and save. Lots for kids to do but shopping isn’t that great for adults.

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Brian Spraker
Decatur, IL
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun Activity / Decent Pricing"
March 2019
Fun activity for the family. Get to see the mountains on a ride on the tram. Up in Ober Gatlinburg, the pricing for food and activities is very fair compared to many other places we went.
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Valerie Caldwell
Roanoke, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful views"
March 2019
Myself and seven others from my immediate family were able to enjoy riding rhe tramway together. The worker who rode up with us was hilarious and added some useful info. It was a warm and enjoyable ride on a cool day. Unfortunately we were unable to ride back down as there was a wind warning. Ober Gatlinburg was quick to provide shuttles and get us safely down.
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Sarah Condra
Rock Spring , GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Aerial Tramway"
January 2019
Buying the tickets online was pretty easy. I printed the ticket which was 1 page for 5 people and it wasn’t a problem at all. Our group didn’t have to wait long in line to board coming or going.
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Tip: If you’re scared of heights you should keep in mind that the tram is suspended by cables and takes you up a mountain. You can look out and see just how high up you are.

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Mary Long
soddy daisy, TN
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"It was fun"
January 2019
Bought tickets expecting to go snow tubing but once we arrived there the whole weekend was sold out online so you did have a chance on going unless you bought them off there website. Go there and all the rides where closed due to weather so basically it was just a ride up and down the mountain
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Tip: Buy tickets to tube or ski from Ober Gatlinburg online.

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Joyce Driskell
Debary , FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"The views!"
January 2019
So we had bad timing and did not have any snow, but I’m really glad we divided to take the team to Ober mountain because the guide on the way up cracked jokes the whole time and had everyone laughing. And the views were amazing too!
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Tip: Ice skating can get crowded so be prepared. Make sure to go outside even if your not partaking in snow activities because it’s beautiful

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
"Place to Scam your money"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2020 NEW
Personal bias aside, this so called “amusement park” is just a place to scam money from customers. Once youre up there, everything requires money. And its basically a trap, because once youre up there, it makes you feel like you might as well spend money since youre already up there. Doesnt help that they treat their employees like animals too. What a messed up place tbh. Will never ever recommend this place to anyone coming to Gatlinburg.
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"Employees need better attitudes"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2020 NEW
This place would of been an excellence rating if most of the young employees have better and positive attitudes. First time snowboarding, ever and I get barked at. Keep in mind this was at the beginner side where they held at first time classes. So, one employee barked at me for not having my foot on the board before the treadmill ends. Another one gets aggravated how I try to maneuver with one foot to get up the treadmill. Then, how I put my leash wrong so I adjusted it. Another one told me my leash is wrong so I adjusted AGAIN. They get all snobby for no reason and all have different methods on how they do things. I acknowledge every single one of them it's my first time and they need to chill. They left me alone after that. It's sad because I see them scolding on other people too and they seem uncomfortable. I find it funny how they are complaining shoveling a small portion of snow, worked 30 hours for the week and too tired. As a guest, I find it unprofessional. Overall, once I got used to it I went up to the mountain and enjoyed every second of it! I figured it out as I go and it wasn't hard, but not easy either. As many time as I busted my butt, it was amazing and will defiantly do it again!
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Marti D
Knoxville, Tennessee, United Stat
"Buyer Beware. Pricey, often overcrowded, showing its age"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2020 NEW
Ober Gatlinburg depends heavily on youth groups from points South who want to experience skiing or snow boarding. Most of the snow is machine made and the slopes tend to get packed down and quite icy. Gatlinburg actually gets very little snow most years. Disappointed skiers are offered many opportunities to part with more dollars in arcades, fudge stands, etc. The best parts are the chair lift to the top and the indoor skating rink. Snow tubing runs tend to be booked up weeks in advance and also icy. Not a great value for your time or $. Concessions are pricey as well.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Great time for a small price!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2020 NEW
Didn't know what to expect when we walked into this place and my wife talked me into going on to the lift to the top of the mountain. I don't like heights but got on and after being on the car for a couple of minutes I felt comfortable. What beautiful view of Gatlinburg and surrounding area made the trip worth it. A few hundred feet before we reached the top the car stopped dead and we were stuck there for about 20 minutes of some kind of problem to do with charging something up. When we got to the top to this complex there was a ice skating rink, shops, food and all kinds of things to do up there. Our ride back down had no interuptions but we had a good time visiting this attraction.
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Nancy B
"No social distancing here"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 18, 2020 NEW
With all the guidelines for social distancing during this coronavirus pandemic, Ober Gatlinburg is terribly disregarding the safety of those visiting. We were packed into the tram like cattle. When i said something to the operator about there being way too many on the tram, he just said he couldn’t help me. By then it was too late to get off.
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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 $8.00 CASH per standard-size vehicle. Parking is not available on the mountain for buses and over-sized vehicles on weekends and 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 offer 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. 


  • Basic Wristband: 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: 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.


  • Alpine Slide - Weight limit of 300 lbs, ages 6 and under ride with an adult.
  • Scenic Chairlift - Weight limit of 600 lbs, ages 6 & under ride with an adult.
  • Carousel - Children under 36" must ride with an adult.
  • Chair Swing 
  • Mini Golf 
  • Amaze'N Maze
  • Kiddie Rides and Kiddie Land 
  • Wildlife Encounter 
  • Ice Bumper Cars - 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 - Climbers but be a minimum weight of 45 lbs.
  • Ice Skating - Includes 3 hours of continuous session and skates.
  • Ski Rental - Includes skis/boots/poles and equipment breakage insurance.
  • Snowboard Rental - Includes board and boots.
  • Ski Mountain Coaster

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 give 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. 

    Can you rent ski clothing?
    Yes, you can rent snow pants, ski jackets, and helmets for a fee, with a 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 jackets/shirts with a hole or loop to fasten the lift or tubing tickets such as a zipper pull, button-hole, or belt loop.

    What size are ski/snowboard boots 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.