GATLINBURG (WATE) – Ober Gatlinburg is opening its season with the Back in Blue Rail Jam Friday.
The event will highlight the sky resort’s tubing park. The event will feature a freestyle competition for skiers and snowboarders.
There will be live music, food and drink specials, vendors and more.
There will be a practice session at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. The event is free for competitors and spectators. Competitors could win a cash prize of $1,200.
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Tubing season at the resort will start Saturday at 11 a.m. The resort started creating simulated snow in October. Ober Gatlinburg says tubing is fun for those 3-years-old or older. There are shaped lanes that guide the tubes through the course. The park has food concessions, a winter accessory shop nearby and the resort’s Ski Mountain Coaster.
“We are excited about the prospects of a great season,” said Bruce Anders, President of Ober Gatlinburg, Inc. “The SnowMagic system allows us to offer Snow Tubing to our guests much earlier and gives us the capability to maintain the quality of the tubing surface in the event we experience a mild winter.”
Guests can come to the park until 7 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be 1.5 hour sessions beginning every two hours and rates are $25 per person.