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7 Things To Do On A Snowy Day

Posted by Leif Palmer in Gatlinburg

In case you hadn't noticed, much of the country is embraced in the icy grip of winter. Like it or not, that goes for us here in the Great Smoky Mountains too. And while snow can make for some beautiful scenery, it can also mean being stuck and unable to travel. If you're not visiting us here in the Smokies this week, things will hopefully be more accessible when you do make your next trip to the area.

But if you are already staying in acabin in Gatlinburg, TN or in Wears Valley or Pigeon Forge, you may find that the road conditions are not favorable for getting out and enjoying everything the area has to offer, including the national park.

Not to despair. This week, we'll offer seven suggestions for fun things you can do right there at your cabin or wherever you might be staying in the Smokies. For that matter, if you're snowed in at your own home right now, there are plenty of tips here to help fight off cabin fever, so to speak – especially if you have a tribe of restless kids wreaking havoc in the house.

  • Make a snowman. That's snow-fun Rule #1, right? And I don't care how old you are; making snowmen is a blast, and you know it. See who can build the biggest snowman or the weirdest or the ugliest. You might also put your snow construction skills to the test by building a snow fort or igloo.
  • Go to Ober Gatlinburg. If you can safely get to downtown Gatlinburg, or if you're already there, take the Aerial Tramway up to the Smokies' very own ski resort, where you can snow ski, snowboard or even have fun on their 10-lane snow tubing course. They also have indoor ice skating year 'round. Equipment rentals and ski lessons are available on site.
  • Go sledding. If you can't safely get to Gatlinburg, find a hill in your neighborhood and do some downhill coasting. No sled? Maybe you can make do with some cardboard. In any case, just watch out for those trees and rocks.
  • Read. This is perfect weather for curling up near a fireplace with a good book and catching up on all that reading you've been putting off because you've just been too busy lately.
  • Go to a movie. If you can safely get to a theater, movies are an ideal way to spend some down time. Even if you're snowed in at home or at your cabin, pop in a DVD or stream your favorite movies on Netflix or HuluPlus. If all else fails, cable TV usually has plenty of movie options around the clock.
  • Exercise. Bad weather is no excuse for not staying fit. Hop on that treadmill or pop in a yoga DVD. Or just do some push-ups.
  • Bake. Make a pie or a batch of cookies or your favorite kind of bread. It kills the time, and best of all, when you're done, you've got some delicious treats to enjoy with the family.

Leif Palmer - Smokies blogger

About Leif Palmer

Leif Palmer loves residing in the Smoky Mountains. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.


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