Ober Gatlinburg opens first new ski slope in nearly 30 years

GATLINBURG (WATE) – Some big changes are happening at Ober Gatlinburg. The park celebrated the opening of a new ski slope this week, the first new slope at Ober in nearly three decades.

January is prime time for hitting the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg.

“When we got that cold snap last week, we were able make snow almost like 70 hours in a row, and it really opened up enough runs as soon as possible,” said Kate Barido, sales and marketing director.

That cold snap and extra snow came at the perfect time as they celebrated a milestone and opened a new slope called Yeti’s Run. It is the first new run since 1987.

“It’s nice that Ober is taking a chance to expand the resort here,” said Austin Fly from Knoxville.

Fly is a season pass holder at Ober and has had his fair share of practice on Yeti’s Run.

“It’s a harder learning curve. You’re going to hurt a little bit when you first start, but once you get going it’s just a whole lot of fun,” he said.

Yeti’s Run is an intermediate slope, so it is recommended that beginners get a little practice before hitting that slope.

“It’s just under 700 feet long. It’s about 40 feet wide so it’s a little narrow and it drops off about 120 feet vertical elevation. Basically if you add one slope you’re increasing the number of trails that you can connect together and really make it a more adventurous evening for you,” said Barido.

Ober employees say they plan to keep the improvements coming.

“We’ve made a lot of improvements in our facilities in general. Threw out a couple new entrances, new carpet throughout to kind of protect the skiers when you walk around inside,” said Barido.

Ober now has 10 trails for skiing and snowboarding.

The slopes are typically open through early March depending on weather.

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