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OBER GATLINBURG ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF MOUNTAIN COASTER SPRING 2015

OBER GATLINBURG ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF MOUNTAIN COASTER

Breaking Ground of Tennessee’s Highest Mountain Coaster Set for End of July 

 GATLINBURG, Tenn. (July 16, 2014)— Ober Gatlinburg is proud to announce the addition of an exciting, year round adventure attraction, the ADG Mountain Coaster, opening in the spring of 2015.  Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area will be a fabulous setting for the coaster which is nestled just below the peak of Mt. Harrison.  Offering guests an activity of this caliber will increase enjoyment for all visitors who are seeking a new thrill with fantastic views.  Ober Gatlinburg is partnering with ADG, Inc., of Cohoes NY, the leading manufacturer of mountain coasters and slides in the US, to bring this attraction to the top of Ski Mountain Road.  The ride will last approximately 5 ½ minutes and cover nearly 4000 feet.  Construction will begin near the end of July and the ride is projected to open in spring of 2015. 

The mountain coaster will depart near the Tubing Park and begin with a tranquil uphill ride through woods that border the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Once at the top, riders will be whisked down adrenaline pumping turns, dips, zigs, zags, corkscrews and G-force action adventures.  Although the mountain coaster can be exhilarating, it is the ultimate family experience and is great for any age.  Children, parents and grandparents can comfortably enjoy the ride and choose their own pace down the mountain.  Enjoy the high-speed adventure, hugging every turn and dip as you zoom down the mountain at speeds up to 25 MPH, or choose a more relaxed pace suitable to your enjoyment level.

Designed for comfort, the unique ADG Mountain Coaster carts provide a more secure and comfortable ride with room for two riders, higher back rests and shorter brake levers for easier handling and control.  Whatever speed is chosen, the ADG coaster is top rated for safety and designed with a built-in collision avoidance and seatbelt monitoring system.   

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park is Tennessee’s only ski Area and continues to be a favored year-round destination.  The upcoming 2014-2015 season will mark Ober Gatlinburg’s 53rd year as a snow sports area, offering skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in the winter and an alpine slide, scenic chairlift, chair swing, maze, water raft rides and mini golf in the summer.  The Mountain Coaster will join the Wildlife Encounter, Arcade and Ober’s Indoor Ice Rink as a year-round attraction.

Ober’s 5th annual Oktoberfest will begin on September 26th and run through November 2nd.  Guests can enjoy multiple show times of The Bavarian Fun Makers Oompah Band everyday while indulging in authentic German cuisine at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant.  Each weekend of Oktoberfest, Ober’s Bier Garten will feature different German Biers and Wines with fun and games for the entire family.

OBER GATLINBURG RECEIVES 2014 NSAA SUSTAINABLE SLOPES GRANT

Gatlinburg, TN – July 7th, 2014 - Ober Gatlinburg is one of four ski areas to receive the annual National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Sustainable Slopes Grant. Other 2014 grant recipients are Stevens Pass, Washington; Stratton, Vermont; and Tamarack Mountain Resort, Idaho. Launched in 2009, the grant program provides cash and in-kind funding to support sustainability projects at NSAA member ski areas. “Ober Gatlinburg is extremely excited about being awarded the HKD Snowmaking Grant for 2014. This grant will allow us to continue upgrading our snowmaking system and making our whole operation more energy efficient.” Says Greg Gavrilets, Terrain Park Manager at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort.

As recipients of the grant, Ober Gatlinburg and Stratton will each receive 5 HKD low energy snowmaking towers, a total value of $45,000. “HKD Snowmakers views sustainability as a high priority for the ski industry and we look forward to working with Ober Gatlinburg and Stratton to achieve immediate energy savings through the application of our equipment,” says Charles Santry, president of HKD Snowmakers.

To learn more about HKD Snowmakers and their low energy snowmaking solutions, visit HKDSnowmakers.com or contact Mark Horton, Mark@HKDSnowmakers.com.  For additional information regarding Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park contact:  www.obergatlinburg.com or call (865)436-5423.

Wildlife Encounter Announces the Addition of Bobcat Kittens

Gatlinburg, Tennessee – Ober Gatlinburg is proud to announce the newest additions to their Smoky Mountain Wildlife Encounter.  Construction is underway on a 700 ft² Bobcat Exhibit to house two Southern Bobcats.  The bobcat kittens were born April 20th at a private facility in Arkansas and arrived at Ober Gatlinburg early July.  These adorable kittens will allow our guests to see one of the most prevalent, yet illusive inhabitants of the Smoky Mountains.  These kittens will grow quickly to their adult size of 25-30 pounds.  The Bobcat Kittens are available for viewing daily.

Bobcats, sometimes called wildcats, are roughly twice as big as the average housecat. They have long legs, large paws, and tufted ears similar to those of their larger relative, the Canadian Lynx. Most bobcats are brown or brownish red with a white underbelly and short, black-tipped tail. The cat is named for its tail, which appears to be cut or "bobbed."  They are native to North America, but due to their nocturnal habits and secretive ways are rarely seen.

Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter provides a safe and comfortable home for native animals that are unable to survive in the wild.  Perfect for individuals, families, and school groups the Wildlife Encounter is a great environment to see and learn about these magnificent animals and other native wildlife of the Smokies!   

For additional information, please call Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park at www.obergatlinburg.com or call (865)436-5423.

Yeti's Run Announced for 2014/15

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area's New Slope will be called "Yeti's Run."  Ober took over 200 suggestions via Facebook and Email.  From these suggestions the executive committee chose 4 favorites and created a survey for our fans to vote.  Of 472 votes, here are the results:

 Yeti’s Run 32.84%    

White Tail Run 29.03%    

Rattlesnake Ridge 23.31%    

Park Line  14.83%

For the upcoming 2014-2015 winter season the advanced rated slope will split off to the east from the top of the Black Lift, taking skiers and snowboarders down a 635 foot run that is 45 feet wide.  The new run adds more options as it reconnects skiers and riders with their choice of Mogul Ridge, Grizzly or Upper Bear Run.  This slope has 100% snowmaking capabilities and will be equipped with lights for night skiing and snowboarding.

“We are excited to offer a new slope to our guests.  This will be the first new slope Ober Gatlinburg has added since Mogul Ridge in 1987,” says Bruce Anders, Ober Gatlinburg’s President.  “This expansion of skiable acreage for advanced skiers will also allow more space for events.”

For more information call 865-436-5423.

Easter Sunrise Service Pictures

Gatlinburg’s Annual Easter Sunrise Service was enhanced by the beauty of the Smokies when the community and its visitors gathered at Ober Gatlinburg for this memorable worship service. This was the 17th year for the mountain top services at the resort.   The offering collected during the service will be used by the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association in assisting the county’s needy.

Click here to view photos from the service.

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