Unseasonably warm winter weather is forcing Ober Gatlinburg to close ski operations earlier in the year than normal. The ski slopes will close Wednesday at 10:00pm.

It's not the first time the East Tennessee ski resort has been forced to close early by warm weather. The 2007/2008 season was similar, with a hot dry summer followed by a warmer than normal winter. 

Snow Tubing will remain in operation through March 26. Ober Gatlinburg‘s new snow-making technology has assisted traditional snowmaking equipment to compensate for the abnormally warm temperatures and will allow the resort to keep the tubing runs open through March 26.

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