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One of a Kind Luxury Treehouse Chalet Slopeside at Whitefish Mountain!

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Brand New 2 Bdm/2 Bath Luxury Ski-in/Ski-out Chalet With Private Deck & Hot Tub

COMING IN EARLY 2017! BOOK NOW BEFORE RATES INCREASE!

Welcome to Ponderosa Chalet 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. Here you'll be spoiled with the luxuries that, once tasted, become necessities. From slippers to plush robes, high end appliances and luxury finishes, to privacy and a killer "treehouse" location, you'll want to stay forever! And in Ponderosa, you're ON the slope, so ski-in/ski-out is literally just walking out your front door.

Each Snow Bear Chalet is so different from any other rental option at Whitefish Mountain Resort, because not only are they 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 glass that soars with spectacular breathtaking views at any other rental on the mountain. Ponderosa is 100% ski-in AND ski-out - you can ski to Chair 3 in 30 seconds. And coming home is EASY - just ski straight to your front door. Welcome to the unique world of Snow Bear Chalets!

Walking in from Ponderosa’s covered bridge, you’ll find that thoughtful design begins before you even walk in the front door, with a 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 cushioned 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, so when you’re hustling in from the slopes it’s easy to take care of urgent business!

As you explore the main level’s open floor plan, the jaw-droppingly spectacular great room with cathedral ceiling will unfold in front of you. 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. With a beautiful free-standing gas fireplace in the corner, 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 “netflix and chill”, a television pops up out of the media cabinet when you want it and hides away when the only view you need is of the mountains and the trees.

Those trees are what will draw you outside, as you slide open the six foot window wall and step out onto your 384 sq. ft. deck wrapping around the back of the chalet. With a table seating six and a quality 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. (For your health and safety, we change the water between every rental.)

Returning inside, you’ll find the gourmet kitchen - a chef's dream! - to the right. With a gourmet Thermador gas range and oven, a built-in microwave, dishwasher and french door refrigerator/freezer, you'll have all the conveniences of home. We provide upscale dishes, glassware and utensils for 8, as well as basic pantry items such as spices, sugar, flour and condiments. To help you get going in the morning, we have an easy to use coffee maker with a separate kettle for tea or pour-overs.

The dining island seats six at mealtime and also functions as an additional prep area or a 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 cozy queen bed, with a memory foam mattress and toasty 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. A connecting door leads into the main level bathroom.

In the turret you’ll find the stairs up to the loft, as well as a washer and dryer tucked under the stairs. The loft, open to the great room below, features a queen and 2 twin beds and is perfect for small families as it has its own full bathroom as well. Every bed in the chalet has 600 thread count linens, a cozy bed warmer, and toasty down comforter. We provide oversize bath sheet towels in each bathroom and also 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 the perfect viewing room to the slopes, and with the double papasan cushion, can be used as another sleeping area. 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, Ponderosa has something for everyone. In addition to the television in the great room, we have cards, some popular board games, and a small selection of books, plus a built-in Sonos system for music throughout the chalet. 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!

This specific chalet, Ponderosa, is slopeside and is our highest in demand. We also have Tamarack (VRBO #4249602), identical to Ponderosa but not slopeside, and Cedar (VRBO #4249603), a three bedroom that sleeps up to 10. 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!

More Details

Owner
Gail Goodwin
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Gail Goodwin

Gail and Darryl live in Whitefish, Montana and through their company, Montana Bear Properties, share their unique properties with guests from all over the world.

They acquired their first "bear" property, Dreaming Bear Lodge in Whitefish (see VRBO #4021203), in 2009. Since then, the family has grown.

Glacier Bear Retreat, their 5-star private rental, was built INSIDE Glacier National Park in 2013. (See VRBO #3630262 for more information.)

Snow Bear Chalets is their latest project, with Ponderosa (VRBO #4249601), Tamarack (VRBO #4249602) and Cedar (VRBO #4249603) bringing ski-in, ski-out treehouse chalets to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort.

Their philosophy is that life is too short to be ordinary - and that especially extends to vacation time. Gail and Darryl strive to build and operate properties of exceptional quality, that provide ultimate luxuries to create an unparalleled holiday experience.

Gail Goodwin purchased this chalet in 2016

Why Gail Goodwin chose Montana

Whitefish's laid-back atmosphere makes this tight-knit community, population 6,000, a happy and warm place to visit. Here you’ll find abundant snow and warm smiles, setting the scene for a unique vacation experience—a five-star town in the heart of the Rocky Mountain wilderness near Glacier National Park.

Whitefish is appropriately named for the whitefish that the Indians fished from the lake many years ago. In the mid to late 1800s a few settlers came to what is now Whitefish, but the town was not officially established until the early 1900s when the Great Northern Railway decided to build through the area. Trains still pass through the town today, and train tracks on Whitefish Lake's west side serve as a trail to the shoreline for anglers. The Whitefish Railway Depot, built in 1927, is one of the busiest Amtrak stops in the Northwest. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Our authentic mountain town is built on the personalities, charm and wisdom of its local residents who work hard and play harder. Every winter the hearty residents band together to welcome visitors with celebrations like the Whitefish Winter Carnival, complete with a home-town parade, penguin plunge, yetis, vikings, snow sculptures, and non-stop parties. Horses and skiers unite in the Ski Joring races that illustrate the cross-over of the Old West with modern-day adventures!

What makes this chalet unique

Snow Bear Chalets are so different from any other rental option at Whitefish Mountain Resort, because they are truly 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.

We were fortunate to find the last lot available at Whitefish Mountain Resort and knew we had to something different than all of the "box" condos on the mountain. Since we love to create unique experiences for our guests, we decided to create Snow Bear Chalets.

They were specifically designed as storybook chalets, as usually something this special can only be found in fairy tales or in our dreams! We love the trees on property and decided to build around them and in them rather than cut them down, to keep the beauty of the lot intact. The only way to keep the majority of the trees was to go up - so we built our chalets as "treehouses", cantilevered off of Winter Lane, with a picturesque bridge leading the way into your luxurious chalet.

You won't find the quality, the high-end finishes, the private deck, the winding staircase and viewing turret, the private hot tub, the beautiful glass that soars with spectacular breathtaking views at any other rental on the mountain. Welcome to the unique world of Snow Bear Chalets!

Amenities

Whitefish Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Loft Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Main Level Bathroom - toilet , shower , Shared with great room and master bedroom
  • The main level has one main bath that is used as a guest bath for the main great room area. It also has a private door leading to the bedroom, and serves as the bathroom for the master too. The upper loft area has its own full bath as well.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Turret - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Loft - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Located in an open loft, overlooking the great room below
  • The cozy master bedroom queen, with a memory foam mattress and toasty 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 provide great privacy and flexibility. By day, leave the doors open for an even more open feel and by night, simply close them for privacy. An additional private door leads into the main level bathroom. The loft, open to the great room below, features a queen and 2 twin beds and is perfect for small families as it has its own full bathroom as well. Every bed in the chalet has 600 thread count linens, a cozy bed warmer, and toasty down comforter. From the loft a ship’s ladder leads to the top of the turret, perfect for viewing the slopes and as an extra sleeping area with a double papasan cushion. Enjoy the 600 fiber optic lights twinkling in the ceiling.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Minimum Age for Primary Renter The minimum age for the primary renter is 25. We welcome groups of friends who want to ski together, but want to make sure our guests understand that this is not a party house. Children Welcome Well-behaved children are welcome to stay at Snow Bear Chalets! Smoking Not Permitted Due to our insurance regulations, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Snow Bear property - inside nor outside. Wheelchair Inaccessible Unfortunately, due to the topography and the wooded setting, none of the Snow Bear Chalets are handicap accessible. Pets Not Allowed Due to folks with pet allergies, pets are not permitted at Snow Bear Chalets.

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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
FCA Glacier Park International Airport, Kalispell
Nearest Barpub
3 blocks away and many more in downtown Whitefish
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Whitefish Golf Course
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Whitefish Train Depot, Whitefish, MT
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Whitefish, MT
Nearest Restaurant
3 blocks away and many more in downtown Whitefish
Nearest Ski
SLOPESIDE - Less than 5' from your front door!
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT
Car: recommended

Snow Bear Chalets are conveniently located ON the ski slope between Winter Lane and Gelande Avenue, at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. Whitefish Mountain was just rated #9 by Ski Magazine of their best ski resorts for 2016! From December to March, the mountain is a winter wonderland with an average snowfall of 335". With 3000 skiable acres, Whitefish Mountain is the 14th largest ski area in the United States. The mountain has a mid-range vertical of 2,353 feet, making it great for skiers of all abilities. And, with more than 100 trails, there's plenty of room for everyone, so the lifts are fast and the lines are short to non-existent.

Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort is also gorgeous in the summer! Ranked #1 among Whitefish attractions on Trip Advisor, Scenic Lift Rides are a must do in the summer. Choose from an enclosed gondola or open chairlift, then sit back and enjoy the mountain scenery as well as views of Whitefish Lake, the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park on the ride to the summit. Once at the summit, enjoy 360-degree views before returning down the mountain or spend some time up top. One of our favorite things to do is to take the chairlift to the summit, then hike the 6.5 miles back down the trail right to Snow Bear. Ziplines, "Walk in the Treetops" high-line treetop walk, the alpine slide and other attractions also delight visitors in the summer.

Snow Bear is just minutes away from Whitefish Lake. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and created by a melted glacier, Whitefish Lake spans 3,315 acres and is seven miles long. Tourists and property owners can enjoy year-round activities at Whitefish Lake. During the warm summer months, boating, swimming, fishing and hiking entice visitors to the lake and its surrounding areas. On the north and west sides of the lake where the shoreline is less developed, anglers can fish for several kinds of lake trout, northern pike and more. Public use areas for anglers and swimmers include Les Mason Park, City Beach and Whitefish Lake State Park, a 10-acre park with a campground. Golfers can enjoy the Whitefish Golf Course, a public course that boasts being the only 36-hole complex in the state!

About 10 minutes from Snow Bear, you'll find the authentic mountain town of Whitefish, with a population of about 6,000. The town's laid back atmosphere makes this tight-knit community a happy and warm place to visit. Here you’ll find abundant snow and warm smiles, setting the scene for a unique vacation experience—a five-star town in the heart of the Rocky Mountain wilderness near Glacier National Park.

Open year-round, the World Heritage Site of Glacier National Park is just 25 miles from Whitefish, with summer a picture-perfect time to explore its hanging valleys and emerald peaks. Fish a clear mountain stream, hike an alpine trail, or embark on a historic driving tour of the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road. More than 700 miles of well-marked trails provide an incredible variety of hiking to explore mountain lakes, glaciers, plant life, and glimpses of the full-time residents such as grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, deer, and more.

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Whitefish Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring Shoulder Season
Apr 8 2017 - Jun 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,500
 
 
Summer Peak 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$5,000
 
 
Fall Shoulder Season
Sep 23 2017 - Dec 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$4,500
 
 
Winter Peak 2017
Dec 9 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,000
 
 
Winter Holidays 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
$8,500
 
 
Winter Peak Season 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 16 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,000
 
 
President's Week 2018
Feb 17 2018 - Feb 23 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$8,000
 
 
Winter Peak 2018
Feb 24 2018 - Apr 6 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,000
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$7,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee per visit $250
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 8.0%

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. This specific chalet, Ponderosa, is slopeside and is our highest in demand. We rent both Ponderosa and Tamarack (VRBO #4249602) by the week, Saturday to Saturday. Cedar, a four bedroom that sleeps 10 (VRBO #4249603), is also rented by the week Saturday to Saturday. Rent one chalet or bring a large group and rent all three!

Please note that there are no refunds for no-shows or cancellations unless we are able to re-rent the unit for the same date, terms and price as you booked. We recommend that you purchase traveler's insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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