This was my very first time on a chair lift. I didn't think much about it on the way up the mountain at the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park. On the way up, I didn't feel that far off the ground. It was a different story on the way back down. Instead of looking into the hillside, we were looking out over the Smokys and the Ober Gatlinburg Resort. Then I started looking at the towers and the single cable our chair was attached to. That sheave has such a small lip on it...that cable seems pretty small for the number of chairs attached to it...just take a deep breath and enjoy the view. The view is almost enough to distract me from my sheave fixation, but I will do it again.
The Gatlinburg Ski Resort opened in 1961. The tramway from Gatlinburg to the resort opened in 1973. In 1975 it became the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. I would definitely recommend riding the tram up from Gatlinburg and then taking the chairlift to the top.
July 13th, 2014
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