(WBIR-Gatlinburg) Thanks to a chilly winter in East Tennessee, Ober Gatlinburg's ski season is lasting a record-breaking amount of days.

As of Saturday, the slopes have been open 107 days and counting.

"Every day we're open is another record day. Previous best was 100 days and that was 4 years ago," said John Cossaboom, Ober Gatlinburg sports director.

Skiing usually begins in December and wraps up in early March. This year, the resort was able to open at the end of November and will close on March 23.

"It's been great. Especially after the last two years where it's kind of been up and down. This is a great way to rebound," said Greg Gavrilets, Ober Gatlinburg terrain and park manager.

Snow days also came during busy holiday weekends.

"We had a great shot of cold air right around Thanksgiving, then it warmed up a little bit. Then we had another shot of cold air right before Christmas... another shot of cold air right before MLK, and a significant shot of cold air right before President's Day weekend," Cossaboom said.

On Saturday, temperatures reached the sixties in parts of East Tennessee. But Hope Whaley of Knoxville said she had to come out and snowboard one last time this winter.

"This is the best year of snowboarding I've had," she said.

Whaley went on to say, "I'm going out of town next weekend and this is the last weekend I'll be able to come out snowboarding."

Cossaboom is waiting to find out sales numbers for this season but he expects them to be satisfactory, considering the extra open days.

"Every day we're open is another record day," Cossaboom said.

The slopes will stay open on Sunday before closing for the week. They will then reopen March 21-23 before closing for the season. Tubing will continue through Easter.

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