Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Tennessee in USA. The resort is in the town of Galinburg, TN.

Ober Gatlinburg is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

Ober Gatlinburg Lodging:

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Ober Gatlinburg has a total of 10 ski trails, which are serviced by 4 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Ober Gatlinburg is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 32 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 13 hectares, 0 square miles, or 0 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
32(0 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Elevation

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 3,300 feet, or 1,006 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 2,700 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 600 feet (183 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Ober Gatlinburg's summit elevation is about average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are quite a bit higher, but also many that are much, much smaller.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
3,300'(1,006 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
600'(183 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
2,700'(823 m)

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
34.3out of 100
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Ober Gatlinburg can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Ober Gatlinburg has 32 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Ober Gatlinburg is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 20% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 80%.
20%(6 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
60%(19 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
20%(6 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort good for beginners?

Ober Gatlinburg can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 80% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Location

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort is located in the state of Tennessee, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Galinburg, TN.

Galinburg, TN 37738 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
35.70589, -83.55750

Getting to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort), its coordinates of 35.70589, -83.55750 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Galinburg, TN to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.

Charlotte Douglas International AirportCLTCharlotte, NC151 mi
Hartsfield-Jackson International AirportATLAtlanta, GA151 mi
Nashville International AirportBNANashville, TN177 mi

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Ober Gatlinburg.

McGhee Tyson AirportTYSKnoxville, TN26 mi
Asheville Regional AirportAVLAsheville, NC60 mi
Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA AirportTRIBristol/Johnson/Kingsport, TN83 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
CataloocheeMaggie Valley, NC5,400 ft28%27 mi
Sapphire ValleyCashiers, NC3,450 ft15%49 mi
Wolf RidgeMars Hill, NC4,700 ft31%62 mi
Sugar MountainBanner Elk, NC5,300 ft33%99 mi

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation3,300 ft
Base Elevation2,700 ft
Vertical Drop600 ft
(20% Beginner,  60% Intermediate,  20% Expert)
Skiable Acres32
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Mountain Stats