Vacationing to The Great Smoky Mountains In Winter

While summer and fall are two of the most popular seasons to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area has something to offer during all four seasons! Winter is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains and see gorgeous views, like snow-capped mountains and frozen waterfalls, and be able to explore the park … Continue reading Vacationing to The Great Smoky Mountains In Winter

Ober Gatlinburg Winter

WINTER AT OBER Ober Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s #1 Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing Destination There is no better place to spend a winter day. Ober Gatlinburg offers snow activities for anyone interested in playing in snow AND plenty of things to do inside for those who prefer to stay warm! The opportunity to Ski, Snowboard, … Continue reading Ober Gatlinburg Winter

New Year’s Snow in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog

A short drive from the western entrance to the park at Gatlinburg rewarded my family with a winter wonderland not predicted by the weathermen. The temperature was dropping to freezing as we climbed, and suddenly snow covered the trees and branches on the higher ridges. This was a total surprise.

Great Smokies Snow Rocks
Every bend in Highway 441 revealed more whiteness.

Great Smokies Snow overlook
The first major overlook was magical with the encrusted trees filling the western horizon.

Great Smokies Snow Clouds
It was almost sunset, and snow clouds hovered above the ridges.

Great Smokies Snow Creek
Along the roadway, a creek was framed by the snow, which appeared blue in the dimming light.

Great Smokies Snow Bridge
A footbridge welcomed lucky visitors to this unusual winter display.

Great Smokies Snow Spruce
In some places the snow seemed heavier, and the absence of any wind allowed the flakes to cling to the needles.

Great Smokies Snow at Sunset
The light was rapidly disappearing, but the beauty was frozen all around us.

Great Smokies Snow at Twilight
The sun was down, but the…

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Gatlinburg on New Year’s Eve

These pictures are so beautiful! I love the way the Pigeon Forge Parkway decorates for every season. Thank you for sharing

Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog

There are many places where you can welcome the New Year, but to be in the Great Smoky Mountains has to be one of the most rewarding.

Pigeon Forge Sunrise Condo
The sunrise over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from adjacent Pigeon Forge was reflected in the Little Pigeon River below.

Pigeon Forge Dixie Stampede
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are known for their holiday light displays, and even a restaurant parking area can become a place of wonder at sunrise.

Pigeon Forge Riverstone Resort
Resorts, like Riverstone Resort and Spa in Pigeon Forge, can be found throughout the area. It might be winter, but all the rooms were taken, and restaurants had two hour waits for a table. Go figure….

Gatlinburg Creekside Hotel
Gatlinburg features quaint hotels with balconies suspended above rushing creeks.

Gatlinburg Chapel
This historic chapel survives in the midst of traffic and throngs of visitors.

Gatlinburg Christmas Lights and Trees
The roads are lined with decorated trees and colorful displays of the season. These iridescent trees were across…

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Ober Gatlinburg Getaway – A mountain ski retreat that’s fun for the whole family

Great summary. Ober Gatlinburg has a lot of things to do besides skiing. Thank you

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I am caught in a sea of cars eager to escape the Atlanta’s grey sprawl of buildings and return to their cold garages for the weekend, while mine revs up for the 200-mile drive to the little mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee nestled at the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg welcomes more than 11 million visitors a year to its hundreds of family-friendly activities, oddball museums and unique shops selling arts and crafts made by the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans. But I plan to spend my time riding down the snowy slopes of the ski resort at Ober Gatlinburg.

While Ober Gatlinburg’s nine ski trails covered in man-made snow are no match for the huge resorts in the West, Ober Gatlinburg is a popular destination for beginner to advanced skiers and snowboarders alike. The slopes get packed during weekend and twilight times, so it is…

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