Snow Tubing Opens This Weekend In Gatlinburg

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - by Jim Davis

In celebration of its 50th year of skiing in Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort will open its snow tubing season on Friday, the earliest of any tubing operation in the Southeast. Implementing new technology, the resort was able to begin snowmaking on Sept. 21 and plans to operate tubing through Easter.

The tubing lanes are 400 feet long with a 50-foot vertical drop and are serviced by a moving conveyor lift which transport riders and their tubes quickly and smoothly to the top of the runs. The snow tubing schedule this weekend will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, with 1.5 hour sessions beginning every two hours. Rates per session are $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends and holidays. Special rates are available weekdays for church, school, scout and other groups.

Snow tubing is a great way for ages three and above to experience the fun of winter recreation. Different than open-hill sledding, the tubing park’s expertly shaped lanes guide custom tubes down a course designed to deliver an exhilarating ride. Adjacent to the tubing park is an enclosed viewing area with food concessions, jacket and insulated pant rentals, and a winter accessory shop.

The SnowMagic Infinite Crystals Snowmaking (ICS) system is revolutionary and completely different from other snowmaking systems that require temperatures below freezing. The ICS system freezes water to create tiny snow crystals. Using its controlled and cooled forced-air technology, the snow crystals are blown out with explosive force, creating snow with a natural feel and texture at an average micron size of 0.3 millimeters in diameter.

“We are excited about the prospects of a great season,” said Bruce Anders, president of Ober Gatlinburg, Inc., “The SnowMagic system allows us to offer snowtubing to our guests much earlier and gives us the capability to maintain the quality of the tubing surface in the event we experience another unusually mild winter.”

The ICS technology uses no chemicals in the process. The environmental friendly snow can be recycled and reused after melting.

For more information on Ober Gatlinburg and its list of season-long events in celebration of 50 years of skiing, contact 865 436-5423 or visit www.obergatlinburg.com.


Treasure Hunters Come Together To Find New Mexico Hidden Gold

Will cooperation lead to the gold? That’s the question the New Mexico Tourism Department is wondering as a weekend event, Fennboree, has been planned to bring together treasure seekers who are on the hunt for Forrest Fenn’s hidden prize. Five years ago, Santa Fe resident Forrest Fenn, hid the chest somewhere in New Mexico after stocking it with coins, diamonds, sapphires, rubies ... (click for more)

Rock City Tunes Summer Music Weekends With Added Entertainment And Cool Summer Sounds

Memorial Day Weekend at Rock City starts the summer off with brand new entertainment, activities and southern food to indulge in at the enhanced premiere event, Summer Music Weekends. Hear sweet sounds of summer Fridays-Sundays,  8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  through Labor Day with toe-tapping old-time, bluegrass and country music from Tarryn Aimee Smith, the Highbeams, Taylor ... (click for more)

Woman, 25, Dies From Wreck On Barton Avenue

A 25-year-old woman has died from injuries received in a head-on accident on Barton Avenue in North Chattanooga on Saturday. The victim was Stephanie Kilburn . At approximately 2:25 p.m. , the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 800 Barton Ave. on an accident with injuries. V ehicle 1 was traveling southbound on Barton Avenue and failed to stop at a stop ... (click for more)

City Seeking Grant To Improve Signals At 32 Intersections

The city is seeking a $2 million federal grant to go along with $500,000 in city funds for a project to improve signals at 32 intersections. There would also be bike and pedestrian improvements. The routes include Brainerd Road, Lee Highway, Shallowford Road, Gunbarrel Road and Hamilton Place Boulevard. The application is for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant. (click for more)

Memorial Auditorium Flag Disgrace

How can it be that Memorial Auditorium, which was built to honor soldiers and sailors, displays our country’s flag in such a disgraceful manner?  Out of six poles on the front of the building only two battered flags remain.  Additionally, two old banners are attached to the wall that have long ago faded and look like they’ve seen better days. This is not acceptable ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Buy Ping Golf Clubs

As we set the charcoal, ice the drinks and prepare for Memorial Day, the first thing on my mind is to ask any golfers within my reach to consider buying and playing with Ping-brand golf clubs. Pings are made in America but there is a little something else you need to know, as told in an email I received earlier this week. I regret I do not know the author: * * * “On Monday, ... (click for more)