THIS chalet was honored by TIME Magazine as 1 of the 100 World's Greatest Places
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 a lifetime is too short to be ordinary - especially 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 House in 2016
Why Gail Goodwin chose Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort
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 House 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!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The photos don’t do this property justice. High quality rental with incredible views!
The place is great and the company that manages the property was first class. You will have periodic disturbances at night when the groomers come by the slope. Generally, this was when we were sleeping. The lights come through the cabin and beep loudly when they go in reverse.
Thank you David! We hope that you can come another time!
Luxury and convenience
February 16th - 21st
Our family of four (son 10 and daughter 12) recently stayed at the Ponderosa and we couldn't be any more pleased. Gail was very supportive in answering our voluminous number of questions; but the property was the real star. The appointments and attention to detail are far superior to any other ski vacation we've taken.
And let's not forget the ski-in and ski-out; we were literally footsteps from the slopes!
Thank you for booking with us and for taking the time to write this wonderful review!
Incredible accommodations! Be sure to book longer than you planned because you won't want to leave!
Beautiful home and the ski in ski out is literally steps away! Views are majestic and Gail and Teresa went ABOVE and beyond with recommendations, pre-planning tips and suggestions! PRIMO location, service and beauty!!! It was so hard to leave!! We felt the impeccable touches throughout our stay and this home is so perfectly designed, cozy and classy all in one package!! Highly recommend!!! We will absolutely be going back and staying for at least a week!!! Skiing was incredible also! Whitefish has a special place in our hearts! Thank you Gail for your incredible masterpiece you share with us!!! Such a blessed vacation for us! 5 star! A++++++, hands down book your stay here! Ponderosa is stunning! Every detail and special touch in this home was top notch! Perfection and adventure all wrapped up together! Feel free to reach out for a reference or questions!! We instantly felt like family prior to even booking! Thank you beyond words! These homes are truly hidden GEMS!!! so grateful!
Thank you Betsy! It was wonderful having you as a guest and we hope that you can return soon!
Perfection!!! Incredible accommodations!!
Stunning!!! Staying at the Ponderosa was the icing on the cake for our incredible vacation! Beauty, class, adventure, privacy, and romance! Amazing customer service prior to booking through departure! Every detail of this home is top notch! From the great design, decor, comfort and LOCATION, this was by FAR one of our best experiences and favorite home away from home getaways! We felt the warm
welcome and exquisite details upon walking in at our arrival and this first class home was hard to leave!!! Be sure to book beyond what you originally planned! 5 nights was not enough!!! Whitefish is incredible and the skiing was amazing! Gail and Teresa provided incredible suggestions, recommendations and insight and are a wealth of knowledge! So grateful for their servant hearts and desire to be so helpful and resourceful! We were so impressed with every detail! The heated bed was my favorite!!! The views were spectacular!!! The hot tub, fireplace, custom kitchen, incredible layout and fully stocked home was so appreciated! Highly recommend hiring personal chef!!! Literally- the ski in and ski out is steps away! We would ski, then break for lunch, then back to the slopes! Would absolutely highly recommend! We will be back and will stay at least one week! The amenities were incredible and this beautiful immaculate home exceeded our expectations in EVERYWAY! Exceptional property with incredible owners! LUXURIOUS hidden GEM! Glimpse of heaven for us!!!!! So grateful and blessed to have found this treasure!!! Thank you!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this awesome review as it is much appreciated!
Everything was well thought through and designed to perfection. The ski in and ski out access made hitting the slopes really easy, and the hot tub after was icing on the cake. It was an unforgettable experience watching skiers from the house and hot tub ride by. The turret made staying here magical, and it felt like I entered a dream I never wanted to leave. The kitchen could make those who do not like to cook want to. Already planning my next trip back.
Thank you Alyssa! We hope that we can host you again in the very near future!
Snow Bear Chalets are conveniently located ON the ski slope between Winter Lane and Gelande Avenue, at Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. Whitefish Mountain was rated #11 by Ski Magazine of their best ski resorts for 2017! 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.