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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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 Pigeon Forge Customer Reviews

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Christina McDaniel
Morristown, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Nice views"
December, 2018 NEW
This was our family’s first time on the tram. I have 3 teenagers and they all brought a friend for our trip to Ober. We all loved the tram. The views are so nice and even though I have read the lines are long, the day we went they were not bad. The kids all had a good time taking pictures with the mountain in the background. If there had been any snow I’m sure the view would’ve been even better! Definitely recommend taking the tram up the mountain!
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Karen Sims
Springfield, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"First time"
December, 2018 NEW
I am afraid of heights and do not like anything that gets very high off the ground. I have been to Gatlinburg numerous times. This time I decided to do the Ober Gatlinburg tram to the top. It was a little eerie as we went over the towers but I made it.
Was very enjoyable and our conductor was very informative.
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Betzaida Bonet
Kissimmee, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Ober Gatlinburg"
November, 2018 NEW
It was a total disappointment. I paid for a package and most of the attractions were closed. It was boring. The tubing sold out
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Tip: Not to pay fir tickets until they see ifbthe attractions are open

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Suhas Kamble
Nashville, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Quick online booking and excellent place"
November, 2018 NEW
Our entire group just loved it.. colors can be seen so well from the AirTram. It's a must visit place. It is NOT typical hyped places.
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Tip: Book Online, Food is not good at the top

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Lijo Joseph L.
Nashville, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great experience"
November, 2018
Definitely a wonderful experience and a must do when you are there. Prices are very reasonable.
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Tip: Parking is slightly expensive at $10 and it’s cash only, Which I had no clue.

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Sagar Kale
Austin, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"The best experience"
November, 2018
I was so excited to ride through Aerial Tramway and the experience was as expected. I am so happy that I chose the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.
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Tip: Make sure you are ready with equipments to capture these beautiful views ??

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Michael Pinster
ST. LOUIS, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good experience"
November, 2018
Was a wonderful experience first time riding one
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Tip: Come early before crowd because it get really packed wont be able to get good pictures or videos

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ken frantzen
west chicago, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Need to go to the top"
October, 2018
Was hoping for good fall colors as we rode the Tram up to Ober Gatlinburg. Ober was not a good viewing area with the amusements and concessions hogging the area. At least we didn't find a good viewing area. We then doubled our cost and took the ski lift up to 3500 ft. we finally got a great view of the Smokey Mountains and fall colors. So I would plan to all the way up. Ober is a good spot for lunch escaping the Gatlinburg crowds somewhat. We went after lunch having spent the morninbing in Cades Cove and were ready to eat. You really can't go back into the Park after 10:30 AM plus/minus. On our return to Gatlinburg, the lines of cars merging from the Pigeon Forge bypass and the Gatlinburg Parkway were each over a mile long. The Sugarland Visitor Center was packed like the foyer of a Broadway Theater before the doors open. We're not into amusment rides so I can't say much. There were a few people riding the Alpine Slide and enjoying it. There were was no line for the Slide. So Ober may be a good place for you to go in the afternoon if you do your research on the amusements, the food, and the sightseeing. The Tram Ride is not really fun. The Tram holds 120 people and they count! Given the obesity issues in the USA, some Trams are filled with human sardines! You won't see a thing go up or down if you are shorter than 5'6" and are not on the perimeter of the car.
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Tip: Buy tickets in advance online and hope the website generates a good bar code for you. It didn't work for us!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Karen M
"Great place to visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
When you get to the top of Ober Gatlinburg, you must take the chairlift ride to the top of Mt. Harrison. You can see all over the mountains. Beautiful view.
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398sonyac
Lafayette, Indiana
"Had a blast"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
Paid for tubing and tram and sky coaster..had a lot of fun..the staff were great did the 11:00 time slot and got more than 10 runs in..we had a blast and would recommend
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arkansasgammy
"Not for faint of heart"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
The tram terrified me. Yes, the views were amazing, but I couldn't enjoy it because of the swaying and the height in general. We had to wait 20 minutes at the skl or amusement area before riding another tram back to Gatlinburg and this building seemed very old. Nothing spectacular there. Was a low point of my visit to Gatlinburg.
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garypZ5706DQ
"Nice time but could use updating"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2018 NEW
We went for the snow tubing but a mix up on our part kept us from doing that. We did the ice bumper cars and chairlift instead. The lady selling tickets let us in to see the animals when she found out there 10 of us buying books of tickets. A very great gift for us. The ice bumper cars were fun once you got the hang of the steering. The space was cramped. Not all the cars were in use and they took up some space. We were instructed to stay clear of barrier between cats and ice skating rink. So that limited the space as well. At end of 10 minutes I had gotten the hang if steering. It was fun just a cramped space. Would have gotten 4 stars. Chair lift was disappointing. Nothing to do at the top. You have to get off and walk around and get back on. Views are good but wish there would have been more to do at top. People were helpful and friendly. Signage pointed you in right directions.
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AdventureUs9367
Gilmer, Texas
"Great for Family, Not for Shopping "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2018 NEW
The gondola ride was awesome - if you are afraid of heights, it may be a little scary. My friend is severely afraid of heights, but she braved it out & she’s still alive and well!!! At the top, there are several wintery games that are fun, especially for families—snow tubing, ice skating, animal park, etc. the shopping is blah, so don’t go up there just for that reason because you’ll be disappointed. We suggest going up when it’s daylight & coming down as it’s getting dark so you can see the lights in Gatlinburg, especially at Christmas. It’s beautiful!!!
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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.