Yes Gatlinburg it is. The squares in the tubing hill are some kind of mats used to slow the tubes down. So they dont fly over the end of the run in fast conditions. Ive never seen these. I have seen areas use hay for that purpose. The hay is cheaper, I would think. But, it looks dirty. The mats can be put down and picked up for different snow speeds and to groom the chutes.
Love the pic, Rick. Believe that is the tacky building at the top of the Tram. Yes, tacky.
Gatlinburg is bizarre in that there is a genuine Swiss built tram from the town up to the ski area. You don't ski under the tram, however, and 90% of the people riding it are not skiiers.
I always wonderered why Ober Gatlinburg couldn't build up into a REAL ski mountain: it would seem they have the potential for 1500 foot vertical if you skied from the summit (which the lifts dont even reach) down into the town.
As it is, it is a small 600 foot vertical area, which feels like something you would ski in Minnesota or Michigan. And about halfway down the trails all merge into 2 slopes.
Blue Jeans and Carharts are popular ski clothing. Not that I am being a ski snob.
Of course, in their defense, weather has always held them back, despite their high elevation: they had one short season this past winter!
I hesitated to post that, since I had done so before, but now I look and see that it was about six years ago when I put up my Gatlinburg summer trip report.
I believe the town has the highest concentration per acre of "Ol' Tyme Photo" emporiums and funnel cake joints on the planet. But I like it there because it's the one place I'm below average size of the typical tourist.