SNEAK PEEK: Construction on Pigeon Forge’s first chairlift to begin soon

The Pigeon Forge chairlift will be located next door to Pigeon Forge Snow (artist rendering provided by Matthew Ayers)
The Pigeon Forge chairlift will be located next door to Pigeon Forge Snow (artist rendering provided by Matthew Ayers)

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It was announced this week on the Pigeon Forge chairlift Facebook page that progress is being made on plans to begin construction on Pigeon Forge’s first and only chairlift. 

We reached out to Matthew Ayers, the owner of Pigeon Forge Snow, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, and soon, the Pigeon Forge chairlift for details on the project.

With chairlifts already such a staple in Gatlinburg between the lifts at the ever-popular SkyLift Park and Anakeesta (affectionately referred to as the “chondala” at Anakeesta), Ayers saw a missed opportunity in the neighboring town of Pigeon Forge. 

“When people think about breathtaking views, most think of Gatlinburg. Many don’t realize that Pigeon Forge has incredible views as well. The natural overlook behind Pigeon Forge Snow is truly a special spot and I wanted to create an easy way for people to be transported up the mountain for all to enjoy,” says Ayers. 

“Scenic chairlifts offer something for the whole family. That family experience is something I’ve tried to accomplish through all of my projects including Pigeon Forge Snow and Coaster at Goats.”

The attraction’s name, now simply being referred to as Pigeon Forge chairlift, will be announced in the coming months.

The view from the future site of the overlook at the Pigeon Forge chairlift project. Guests will be able to see both the Island's Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and the Dollywood fireworks (photo courtesy of Matthew Ayers)
The view from the future site of the overlook at the Pigeon Forge chairlift project. Guests will be able to see both the Island’s Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and the Dollywood fireworks (photo courtesy of Matthew Ayers)

What makes the Pigeon Forge chairlift unique?

There are several features that will set this 3-seater chairlift apart from the Gatlinburg lifts.

The first, being something that anyone who’s spent time in Gatlinburg knows is sorely missing: Free parking on site. 

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The second being the unique offloading station and the fun activities that await guests atop the mountain.

The offloading station will actually be 20-feet above ground level.

Upon dismount, guests have the option of either walking to the ground level or taking a walkway up to a brand new observation tower for a million-dollar view. 

The ground level will feature shops, arcades, fountains, fire-pits, food trucks, a giant bar, a nature walk, lodging, a venue space and more. 

“I want to create a destination that families can come relax and get away from all the hustle and bustle of the Parkway,” says Ayers. “I think it will be a real hit at night as well. There will be no better place to hang out once the sun goes down. Plus it has a great view of the Dollywood nightly fireworks!”

The Pigeon Forge chairlift will be open year-round, weather permitting.

Where will the Pigeon Forge chairlift be located?

The Pigeon Forge chairlift will be located next door to Pigeon Forge Snow. However, it is worth mentioning, it will be its own separately ticketed attraction. 

When is the Pigeon Forge chairlift expected to be complete?

Construction on the Pigeon Forge chairlift is expected to begin soon, with an expected completion date of fall 2021. 

How much will it cost to ride the Pigeon Forge chairlift?

Ayers also understands the importance of keeping his attractions affordable. He plans to make every ticket an all-day pass in order to maximize value and offer generous military and local discounts, like he does at his other attractions. 

“I want the local community to be able to enjoy [my attractions] without breaking the bank. I’ll be trying to keep the all-day lift pass in the $12-$18 range.”

What about wheelchair accessibility at Pigeon Forge chairlift?

A shuttle will be made available via vehicle for those who are unable, or perhaps simply unwilling, to ride the chairlift to transport guests to the overlook. The overlook will also feature a large ramp, instead of stairs, to maximize accessibility.

Where can I go to learn more?

If you’d like to learn more about the progress of this exciting new installation, follow the Pigeon Forge chairlift Facebook page. Also make sure you’re following TheSmokies.com on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and local news on area attractions and dining throughout the area. 

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