GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) — Unseasonably warm temperatures have brought ski season to an early end in Gatlinburg.
Ober Mountain announced this week that the 2022-2023 ski and snowboarding season has come to a close. The final day was Feb. 23.
With a high of 80 degrees in East Tennessee on Thursday, the snow remaining on the slopes stood little chance. Though its been warm and sunny this week, the weekend forecast looks a bit different.
While the winter activities may be closed, other activities that rely less on wintery temperatures are still being offered at Ober, including the Arial Tramway, Ski Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide and the scenic chairlift.
Snow tubing remains open and operates in sunshine, rain, sleet or snow.
On average, ski season begins in mid-December and lasts until mid-March. The exact dates are determined by the weather.
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The two peaks where the slopes begin at Ober reach elevations of 3,208 feet and 3,455 feet. Not high enough to escape the spring-like weather arriving early.