Welcome to Ponderosa at Snow Bear Chalets! This beautiful luxury treehouse chalet, literally ON the slope at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort, sleeps 6 with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths over three levels. With everything from slippers to plush robes, high-end appliances and luxury finishes, to privacy and a killer "treehouse" vibe, you'll want to stay forever! Plus, you're ON the slope, so ski-in/ski-out is literally just walking out your front door.
For stays of 30 days or longer, we offer a 20% discount off our weekly rates, with no local taxes. Please contact us for a special quote!
Ponderosa is 100% ski-in AND ski-out - you can ski to Chair 3 in 30 seconds when you're ready to hit the slopes and then ski straight to the chalet when you're ready to come home. And in the summer, you're just 15 feet from hundreds of miles of prime mountain biking trails. Welcome to the unique world of Snow Bear Chalets!
Not only are our chalets truly ON the slope, they’re also exquisitely magical. From the first glimpse of them through the trees, to the feeling you'll experience as you're relaxing in your own private hot tub on the deck, Snow Bear will spoil you with luxury, privacy and beauty. You won't find the quality, the high-end finishes, the gorgeous balcony, the winding staircase and viewing turret, nor the beautiful windows that soar with spectacular breathtaking views at any other rental on the mountain.
Thoughtful design begins before you even walk in the front door, with a keypad-locked cabinet for your skis or snowboard conveniently located on the porch. As you enter the chalet, you’ll find the turret stairs and our welcoming entry area to your left, which has a native Ponderosa pine bench to let you put your ski boots on in comfort as well as shelves and cubbies to store all your gear. There’s a full bathroom to your right, for ease when you’re hustling in from the slopes.
As you continue into the chalet, the jaw-droppingly spectacular great room with cathedral ceiling will unfold in front of you. With a beautiful gas fireplace graced with Montana Moss rock and a native Ponderosa pine mantle, the great room’s cozy ambiance also creates a toasty atmosphere throughout the chalet. And if after a long day of skiing or hiking you just need to relax a bit, you’ll find a large television with Netflix, Amazon and more than 120 channels. Suspended above the forest floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides, you’ll feel like you’re living in the trees every moment of your stay.
Those trees are what will draw you outside, as you slide open the twelve foot window wall and step out onto your 400 sq. ft. deck wrapping around the back of the chalet, high above the forest floor. With a Polywood table seating six and a quality Weber grill, you can cook and dine al fresco as much as you’d like. And when those aching muscles need a little love, your own private hot tub awaits you, perched high amongst the trees.
Returning inside, you’ll find the gourmet kitchen – a chef’s dream! – to the right. With a gourmet Bosch gas range, a convection oven with microwave, dishwasher and french door refrigerator/freezer, you’ll have all the conveniences of home. The gorgeous Cambria Quartz countertops add the finishing touch for a jaw-dropping WOW factor. The chalet is stocked with place settings for 12, including Riedel wine glasses, as well as cooking essentials such as oil, salt, pepper and spices. To help you get going in the morning, we have an easy to use coffee maker with a separate kettle for tea.
The dining island seats seven at mealtime and also functions as an additional prep area or workstation. With high speed wifi throughout the chalet and plenty of outlets underneath the island countertop, you’ll be able to get things done and keep all your devices charged when you just can’t escape that pesky inbox.
Opposite the island you’ll find the master bedroom. The comfy king bed, with a memory foam mattress and luxurious down comforter, is cantilevered out into a window area, so you’ll feel like you’re hanging from the treetops. You’ve got to see it to fully appreciate the amazing architecture! The master is divided from the great room by 3 floor-to-ceiling sliding barn doors that allow great flexibility. By day, leave the doors open for an even more open feel and by night, simply close them for privacy. The main level bathroom, complete with washer and dryer, is just around the corner.
The loft above, accessible via the turret staircase and open to the great room below, features a king and two twin beds and is perfect for small families as it has its own full bathroom as well. Every bed in the chalet has high thread count linens, a cozy bed warmer, a toasty down comforter and luxurious hypoallergenic down pillows. We provide oversize bath sheet towels in each bathroom and for the hot tub.
From the loft you can take a ship’s ladder to the top of the turret – a favorite place to be. This cozy 8′ round room is perfect for viewing the slopes with its 7′ round Xorbee microfiber cushion. For a really killer experience, turn off the lights and enjoy the 600 fiber optic twinkle lights in the ceiling!
No matter what you’re feeling like, each chalet has something for everyone. In addition to the television in the great room and a Sonos system for music throughout the chalet, we have cards, some popular board games, and a small selection of books.
And when you’re ready to head out, you're located right on the slope at Whitefish Mountain Resort, so feel free to bring your own skis or snowboard during winter or your mountain bike during summer, to enjoy the miles and miles of mountain biking trails. You can also rent whatever equipment you need from one of the shops in the resort’s main village no matter the season. All resort amenities, summer and winter, are within easy walking/skiing distance. Just a few blocks away, you’ll find bars, restaurants, and shopping in the main village at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort!
Snow Bear Chalets is a brand new, unique property with THREE "treehouse" chalets - high above the ground - ON the slopes of Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. There's nothing like it on any ski mountain in the US (that we're aware of!). From the front door to the snow, you'll be shushing down the mountain within 30 seconds of leaving your private chalet!
Ponderosa is slopeside and is our highest in demand. Tamarack (VRBO #4249602) is identical to Ponderosa and less than 30 feet from the slope. Cedar (VRBO #4249603) is our largest chalet and great for groups. Each Snow Bear Chalet is available for rent by the week, Saturday to Saturday. Book one, two or three chalets and sleep up to 22 guests!
Snow Bear is not for everyone. It's literally the ultimate in luxury living for those who choose a unique, decadent holiday experience. If you're ready to be spoiled on a gorgeous mountain escape, you've found the right place!