How to get there:
Option 1: From Downtown Gatlinburg, take ski mountain road until it ends at the Ober Gatlinburg parking lot. It's about a 5-10 minute drive.
Option 2: The Aerial Tramway to Ober Gatlinburg departs every 30 minutes from the center of town. Enjoy the views and a special ride on your way to Ober.
Most visitors packing their ski’s and coming to Gatlinburg typically end up at Ober Gatlinburg. However, most visitors are unaware of a another ski area just over the mountains in North Carolina called Cataloochee.
It's about 55 miles from Gatlinburg with convenient access from highway 321 to Interstate 40, it’s a pretty easy drive. Certainly a good alternative if you have already spent a few days at Ober Gatlinburg. Definitely not as convenient, but a great alternative to Ober Gatlinburg. For those who don’t ski or don’t want to ski, Cataloochee has a dedicated tubing hill with a lift for the tubes and riders.