Pigeon Forge, Tennessee isn’t exactly known for being a winter wonderland. Sure, they do one or two snowfalls a year. However, at best you could call them a “light dusting” that disappears in a matter of days, if not hours. Having snowball fights or going tubing down a hill is a rare occurrence. Until Pigeon Forge Snow opened recently just off the main parkway!
Located just a few miles away from Dollywood, Pigeon Forge Snow is an indoor climate-controlled family entertainment center. Believe it or not, this is a first-of-its-kind attraction anywhere in the world.
This massive 30,000 square foot show building is at a constant temperature between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. And yes, the snow stays intact! Apparently, Pigeon Forge Snow had to design a system that sucked as moisture out of the air as possible and is in a constant state of heating and cooling in order to slow down the melting process.
Guests choose between snow tubing, snow play (making snowmen, throwing snowballs, etc) or the combo package. From there, guests are issued a wristband from the ticket office.
This wristband (much like Disney’s MagicBand technology) has a not-so-hidden RFID chip attached to it. Once you are issued your wristband, you can take your time watching others go tubing before deciding to go for yourself.
Before you take your first tube down the slide, you tap your wristband to a touch point located at the bottom of the hill. It starts a timer and indicates how many minutes you have remaining on the ticket you just purchased.
From there, you hop on a conveyer belt which takes you and your tube to the top of the slide.
It is really deceiving in photographs, but that hill is no joke. It’s roughly 250 feet long all the way through the runout portion and riders can go up to 30 miles per hour.
Thanks again to Pigeon Forge Snow for having us out. We will definitely be back. For more information, visit their website here!
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