For the 3rd year, Ober Gatlinburg will kick-off the winter season with a free Back in Blue skiing and snowboarding event on Friday, November 21, 2014. The Back in Blue will take place on terrain features set up in the Ober Mountain Tubing Park with the registration at 5:00 p.m. and the competition beginning at 7:00p.m. 

Enjoy music from DJ Red, food and drink specials and a $1000 cash purse to split for the winners, with plenty of merchandise to be given away! Ober Gatlinburg’s winter kick off is free to participants and spectators offering a night of solid riding, spectating, food, drinks, music, giveaways and a whole lot of fun! Sponsors for this event include: Volunteer Chevrolet, Pluto Sports Snowboards, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, K2 Snowboarding, Skullcandy, SCOTT Sports, Samuel Adams, Optic Nerve Eyewear, FITS Sock Co., Stzlife, and The Shops at Ober! 

Ober will also celebrate the Grand Opening of the Ski Mountain Sports Tuning Center Friday, November 21, 2014 during the Back in Blue Rail Jam. Free drinks and prizes will be available from 5-7. SMS Tuning Center is equipped with Sun Valley Ski Tools and is the only Reichmann Factory Authorized Tuning and Repair Shop east of the Mississippi! The Reichmann Profi4 ski and snowboard tuning machine is a combination belt sander/stone grinder and one of Reichmann’s most advanced machines. The belt sander smooths small scratches on the base of skis and snowboards and the stone grinder portion of the machine puts a structure into the base of the skis or snowboards, much like a tire tread. The machine is programmed with all the latest structures to provide skiers and snowboarders the highest level of performance available. Services include express same-day tuning; allowing guests to have equipment serviced and still enjoy time on the slopes. Season Pass holders receive a 25% discount on tuning services until the end of November and a 10% discount year round. 

The slopes will officially open to the public for the 2014/15 ski and snowboarding season as soon as temperatures allow for dependable opportunities to make enough snow for a sufficient base. Ober Gatlinburg features ten trails serviced by two quad lifts, one double lift and one surface lift. The resort offers terrain for all abilities, from a beginner experiencing the joy of snow sports for the first time, to a seasoned expert hitting the moguls and terrain park. Ober Gatlinburg also has a popular snow tubing park, skiing and snowboarding equipment and clothing rentals, an ice skating rink, aerial tramway, Seasons of Ober Restaurant and the Loft Lounge at Ober, The Shops at Ober and more.