Skiing powder image by joseph pankey Gatlinburg is home to Tennessee's only ski resort.
- Tiny Gatlinburg, Tennessee boasted a population of 3,828 in the year 2000, according to the U.S. Census. Strategically located on U.S. Highway 441 adjacent to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, the town has made a name for itself as a jumping off place for hikers, campers, trail walkers and nature lovers. While summer may be the peak season for tourists, there is still plenty to do in Gatlinburg during the winter months, from sightseeing to snow boarding.
- Ober Gatlinburg is Tennessee's only ski resort. Located 3,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mount Harrison, the resort boasts eight ski trails with varying levels of difficulty to cater to the skills of beginners, intermediate skiers and experienced skiers and snow boarders. Certified professional instructors are on hand to teach the basics and an on-site rental shop can supply skis and other supplies. The resort also features a snow tubing park and a 140-by-75-foot indoor ice skating arena. Ober Gatlinburg 1001 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-5423 (800) 251-9202 (800) 251-9202 Winterfest
- Winterfest, which begins early in November and extends through most of February each year, is a season long celebration that lights up the area, literally. Millions of LED lights and lighted displays illuminate the town and surrounding communities. The Winterfest celebration is marked by craft and artisan fairs, the annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas parade, the New Year's lighted ball drop and the Winterfest Annual Chili Cookoff. Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce 811 East Parkway - P.O. Box 527 Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (800) 588-1817
Indoor FunAlthough Gatlinburg offers plenty of outdoor activities during the winter, sometimes it's nice to come inside and get out of the cold. The town plays host to a number of indoor establishments that will appeal to the whole family. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies offer visitors the opportunity to get up close to thousands of exotic sea creatures including 12-foot sharks. Ticket prices ranged from $4.99 to $19.99, depending on age, as of February 2010. Other specialty museums in Gatlinburg include Ripley's Believe it or Not, Hollywood Star Cars, the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, the Hollywood Wax Museum and the Guinness World of Records Museum.
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