Ice Skating, Skiing and Winter Activities in Gatlinburg

It’s December which means one thing; we can finally enjoy winter activities in Gatlinburg again! Believe it or not, the Smokies are a great place to spend the winter, especially if you love having fun in the snow! When the winter break or the holidays roll around, you can have a blast in this area. We love ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more! What is your favorite winter activity to enjoy? Some of us are itching to hit the slopes again, others are looking forward to a warm short stack of their favorite pancakes at the Pancake Pantry.

Whatever you are looking forward to, it is no secret that Gatlinburg has some of the best winter activities to choose from! Book your private cabin and get ready for some big winter fun. Many of our cabins include fireplaces where you can curl up after a day out in the snow, and don’t forget to take a dip in the private hot tub when you want to warm up. Here are some of the best activities for families and visitors of all ages to enjoy in the winter weather in the Smokies:

Ober Gatlinburg


Calling all winter sports lovers! If you are visiting Gatlinburg this winter, Ober is a must visit. This ski resort has more than slopes to keep you occupied. Let’s talk about all the fun you and your family can have this winter at Ober. 

  • Skiing, of course. Ober is known for being one of the best ski resorts in the Southeast! Get your ski poles ready and hit the slopes this season! There are slopes for all skill levels, including child-friendly slopes, so you can have fun no matter your ability.

  • Snowboarding, we didn’t forget! Ober is known not only for its skiing but snowboarding as well! Want to snowboard but don’t have your own? No need to worry. Ober offers rentals on both skis and snowboards! At the bottom of the slopes, you’ll find the clubhouse is always filled with hot chocolate, coffee, and other delights to warm you up before you head out again!

  • Tubing, hold on tight! This family friendly winter activity is an Ober favorite! For our non-winter sport partakers, tubing down the mountain is just as fun! Plus, the whole family can enjoy this! Dress warmly and hold on tight! This is a great way to include your younger children in the winter fun while the older kids hit the slopes, and it also makes for a fun family photo opportunity for your holiday card.

  • Ice skating, who knew? That’s right; Ober offers an ice-skating rink for visitors to enjoy in their ski lodge. Don’t miss out on the winter fun! Lace up your ice skates and take a whirl at the indoor arena. Whether you’re just trying out ice skating for the first time, or you’ve been dancing on ice since you were a toddler, this rink has a place for you.

Gatlinburg Cabins 


Believe it or not, there are some of us who don’t enjoy winter activities at all! Snow and cold weather do not appeal to everybody, but that doesn’t mean you should skip out on the fun. Luckily, our Gatlinburg cabins are perfect for relaxation during all seasons. From the included cable TV to the game rooms in many of our cabins, you’ll be entertained and relaxed during your stay.You can still book a holiday getaway to Gatlinburg and have the best vacation you can remember, even if you don’t venture outside at all. Here are some ideas for when you stay in one of our Gatlinburg, TN, cabins.

  • Read a book! How often can you curl up on the couch and read that book you’ve been meaning to finish? While the snow falls outside, you can be relaxing indoors with a mug of hot cocoa and a great story.

  • Enjoy a relaxing day by the fire. Some of our Gatlinburg cabins come with fireplaces. Don’t like the cold? We understand! Make a small fire and relax in your cozy mountain cabin. Curl up with your loved one for a day of lounging in bed, or have a movie day by the TV. We offer cabins with either gas or wood-burning fireplaces, so even if you aren’t an expert at building a fire, you can still enjoy this classic winter activity.

  • Simply enjoy the view. The views from our Gatlinburg cabins never get old, and we mean that! Enjoy the view with a warm cup of tea and your family. The snow-covered peaks are a sight to behold, and trust us when we say that the ice covering the tree limbs makes everything sparkle like a winter wonderland! Be sure to catch a sunrise or sunset during your stay, when the light makes everything look like it’s lit by millions of holiday decorations. Your neighborhood holiday lights have nothing on the Smokies!

  • Take a dip in the hot tub! Cold weather = us freezing! Take a dip in our relaxing hot tubs and enjoy the cold while relaxing. There’s no better way to fend off the cold weather than a soak in our luxurious hot tubs! These are located on the covered back deck at most of our cabins, which doesn’t mean you’ll be cold! Hop right in and let the warm water take care of any chill. Many of our cabins also have outdoor fireplaces right by the hot tub for an extra cozy scene.

Book your stay with us today and bring your warm clothes! The winter is no time to miss out on the fun and relaxation that can be had in our cabins or the Gatlinburg area. Whether you want to pump up the adrenaline rush or soothe away the holiday stress, we’ve got you covered. It’s time to hit the slopes this winter and relax by the fire with some of the best winter activities in Gatlinburg!

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