Activities

Aerial Tramway

For the best view of the magnificent Smoky Mountains, make sure to ride the Aerial Tramway. Departing regularly from downtown Gatlinburg, this cable car will take you on a breathtaking 2.1-mile ride up to the Resort.

One of America's Largest Aerial Tramways departs regularly from downtown Gatlinburg, going directly to the Ski Resort and Amusement Park. The two 120 -passenger counter-balanced cars provide an experience for all ages, from the young to the young at heart. The convenience of parking your car downtown and taking the tram is just one of the things we do at Ober Gatlinburg to make your experience a pleasant one.
Located at Parkway and LeConte Streets in downtown Gatlinburg.

Strollers must be folded prior to boarding Tram.

During ski season a $5 tram ticket rebate is deducted at time of purchase from Combo, Day, Twilight and Extended Session Area/Lift Tickets - No rebate given for Night Session Area/Lift Ticket.

History of the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

A new era of transportation to the top of Mt. Harrison began when the original cable cars of the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway were replaced by a pair of modernized giant vehicles.

Ober Gatlinburg officials announced April 18, 2007 that the switch-out of cars in the $1 million project would take place during its annual preventive maintenance period scheduled the last week of April and the first week of May.

The cars were purchased through Doppelmayr CTEC, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Designed, engineered and constructed by CWA Constructions in Olten, Switzerland, the new tram cars and carrier arms are made of a high-grade aluminum alloy, the same used in the aerospace industry. CWA is the largest manufacturer of ropeway cabins and gondolas in the world. Construction of the cars and carriers began in November 2006 and was completed in March 2007.

The dimensions of the new vehicles are identical to the cars they replaced, allowing Ober Gatlinburg to use the existing loading docks and towers, though the new trams offer 15 percent more glass viewing area.

The original tram cars had been in service for nearly 34 years. Until 1972, skiers wound their way by car slowly and precariously up and down snow-covered Mt. Harrison en route to Gatlinburg's ski resort, which opened in 1962. That winter, the idea to provide a safer, more comfortable means to reach the ski area was explored, and Gatlinburg's Aerial Tramway was born. Construction of the tramway started in September 1972, and the tramway began operation on August 5, 1973. On August 5, 2013 the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Installation of the new cars comprises Phase II of Ober Gatlinburg’s continuing effort to keep the tramway system modernized.  During Phase I in 2001, Ober completed a major upgrade to the tramway electronics and computer system, installed new control panels in the cars and replaced the brakes and drive motor to conform to new safety standards.

The switching of the first car began on Tuesday, April 24, 2007. The existing tram car was lowered to the ground at the downtown Tramway terminal and then detached from the carrier arm. The carrier was then detached from the carriage. A crane was utilized to remove the tram car and carrier from the loading area and to place the new tram and carrier. The crew then attached the carrier arm to the carriage and the tram car to the carrier arm. That tram car then went to the mountaintop terminal and the same procedure was used to install the second tram car at the base of the mountain. The process took seven days.

Before the tram re-opened to the public, a load test was performed with the assistance of the Project Engineer from Garaventa in Switzerland, a technician from Frey AG in Switzerland, and elevator inspectors from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Regulations and Compliance Division. Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway reopened at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2007.

This entire project was overseen by Danny Dixon, Tramway Superintendent, who has over 31 years of service with Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway.  The maintenance staff, many of whom have been employed at Ober Gatlinburg and Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway for a decade or more, performed the majority of the installation of the new cars.

Tram if the fall

The tramway has transported over 18 million passengers since opening, with service from downtown Gatlinburg available approximately every 20 minutes and the ride covering a distance of 2.1 miles to the resort. Along the way, riders of all ages enjoy a magnificent panorama of Gatlinburg and the Smokies, taking in the changing seasons and splendor of the mountains.

Strollers must be folded prior to boarding Tram.

RATE INFORMATION

RATES
Aerial Tramway Round trip ride:
Adults ~ $12.00
Children ages 5 - 11 ~ $9.50
no coupons

HOURS OF OPERATION

Name Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aerial TramwayHours for March 24 - April 27, 2014 9:45a7:20p 9:45a7:20p 9:45a7:20p 9:45a7:20p 9:45a7:20p 9:45a7:20p 9:45a8:20p