Ober Gatlinburg already making snow for tubing

Ober Gatlinburg already making snow for tubing

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For the past month, Ober Gatlinburg workers have been in the process of filling the tubing portion of the park with snow. For the past month, Ober Gatlinburg workers have been in the process of filling the tubing portion of the park with snow.
Ober Gatlinburg has three Snow Magic machines that produce 50,000 tons of ice per day. Ober Gatlinburg has three Snow Magic machines that produce 50,000 tons of ice per day.
"I would say if we were to spread all of this out it's about three feet of snow for the entire tubing area," said winter sports director John Cossaboom. "We are looking to add another foot." "I would say if we were to spread all of this out it's about three feet of snow for the entire tubing area," said winter sports director John Cossaboom. "We are looking to add another foot."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - A sure sign of winter is when the workers at Ober Gatlinburg start making snow.

Operators say the temperatures have been spot on, and they are now in the process of getting ready for what they hope is a busy season.

For the past month, they have been in the process of filling the tubing portion of the park with snow.

They have been using a special type of snow in this section called Snow Magic.

"You can see it's very granular product, so each one of these chunks can withstand the temperatures very well," said Ober Gatlinburg winter sports director John Cossaboom.

This snow can withstand temperatures up to 70 degrees.

"I would say if we were to spread all of this out it's about three feet of snow for the entire tubing area," said Cossaboom. "We are looking to add another foot."  

They have three Snow Magic machines that produce 50,000 tons of ice per day. 

They will be opening the tubing portion of the park on November 22 for a snowboard competition, and then to the public on November 23.     

The skiing and snowboarding slopes will open when the weather gets below freezing for an extended period of time.

"We actually ran our snow guns this morning to do a test to make sure everything was working properly," said Cossaboom.

Everyone visiting Ober Gatlinburg Friday was excited to see the snow being made.

"Oh yeah, bringing on the winter time," said visitor Sonny Reece. "It gives you a good spirit."

"I would love to go and ski," said visitor Juliet Kirk.

Right now they are projecting the ski slopes will be open by the first week in December.

Ober Gatlinburg also has more than 100 job openings for the winter season.

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