Despite all the area power outages, delays, traffic pileups, etc., as well as the bad Newfound Gap Road collapse, the recent snowfall blast that occurred last week did have a positive effect on one local entity – Ober Gatlinburg.
Ober was already operating at greater capacity due to some upgrades in snow making equipment that were purchased during the off season. With the added real snow from last week’s storm, slopes were fully covered and skiers were taking advantage of the conditions.
The forecast for the coming week calls for cold temperatures at night and a number of sunny days which meas Ober should continue to see busy slopes for the foreseeable future.
It was reported that just one day after the snowfall, lefts and slopes were as busy as they’ve been this season, and last. For many, it was just what the resort needed.
Thursday’s big snowfall packed on an extra 6-10 inches of snow according to Ober staff. The more snow, the easier it is to enjoy the slopes and it makes the resort that much more enjoyable and attractive.
The additional helping of wintery weather also allowed Ober Gatlinburg to open the resort’s tubing course for additional days. Ober had originally been running the tubing area just two days a week prior.
The appeal of the slopes also brought out-of-town visitors, meaning more money to be spent in the town of Gatlinburg and its Smoky Mountain neighbors of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.
The staff at Ober expects the slopes to be busy in the weeks ahead with several hundred bookings already.