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Cold temperatures lead to good snow at Ober Gatlinburg

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) - The frigid temperatures we've experienced in recent days are perfect for making snow, and Ober Gatlinburg is seeing a record number of people on the slopes because of it.

Ober Gatlinburg officials say they're pumping a million gallons of water every 10 minutes. There's a sweet spot when you're making snow: you want temperatures that are below freezing, but not cold enough to damage the machines that make the snow, generally 28 degrees or less.

And a year after the Sevier County wildfires, Gatlinburg is recovering well

The economy is good. People are willing to travel and spend money," said John Cossaboom, Ober Gatlinburg's winter sports director. "We have added to our snow fleet, so we've got more air and more water pumping capacity. That's allowing us to put a lot more water out in a shorter period of time." 

Ober Gatlinburg is open seven days a week. The aerial tramway starts at 7:45 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m.

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