Ober Gatlinburg sets record for longest ski season

Ober Gatlinburg sets record for longest ski season

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This cold winter has meant big business for Ober Gatlinburg, actually allowing them to set a record for their longest ski season ever. This cold winter has meant big business for Ober Gatlinburg, actually allowing them to set a record for their longest ski season ever.
This frigid winter hasn't gone unnoticed by even those who aren't frequent skiers. This frigid winter hasn't gone unnoticed by even those who aren't frequent skiers.
Ober has stayed open for a record breaking 105 days this year. Ober has stayed open for a record breaking 105 days this year.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - This cold winter has meant big business for Ober Gatlinburg, actually allowing them to set a record for their longest ski season ever.

You can usually find Ober Gatlinburg ski slopes open most of the winter. Snow making equipment keeps them in business, usually spending about 350 hours creating the snow covered slopes.

Extra cold busy days this year means they actually spent about 500 hours on it.

"Bad weather is usually good business for skiing. I know a lot of folks are tired of the cold and snow, but it's been really good for us," said John Cossaboom, Ober Gatlinburg director of skiing.

What's even more impressive is that it's now spring break season and the skiing isn't done yet.

Ober has stayed open for a record breaking 105 days this year.

"I love it! I love it! I come just practically every day. I missed two days in January, two days in February," said skier Ed Monger.

This frigid winter hasn't gone unnoticed by even those who aren't frequent skiers.

"I was standing in the mall a few weeks ago, and I couldn't believe some of the old equipment that I saw coming past me that people had gotten into their basements and attics and dug out. Old equipment that they used years ago and said 'Sure this is a good enough winter. Let's go try it again,'" said Cossaboom.

Downtown businesses reaped the benefits as well.

"I've seen a few tags come through on the jackets, so it's made nice for all of us," said Johnny Baker with Ole Smoky Moonshine.

At Slice Pizza Bakery, they say the cold could have hurt business if it wasn't for Ober.

"I think the business we lost from the cold, we picked up from them. So it's probably just an even trade," said Roderic Nicholas Fisher with Slice Pizza Bakery.

Ober officials say next weekend will likely be the last open days of the season, but every day open is a new record set.

They say the snowfall at Ober was about average at 30 inches, despite the colder weather.

Ober Gatlinburg's winter season usually begins in November and depending on weather, late February or early March is when it ends.

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