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 our 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. 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!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Only with prior approval of property owner
Children 6 and up are welcome
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
This was a great property for us to stay. We loved our time with the Snow Bear Chalets. Plan for the drive time up the mountain to go to other places in Montana however it was easy to get in and out. We loved sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine or beer watching the night sky. So peaceful. with private views & such.
Surprised my wife with an anniversary trip to montana (we’re from texas) and booked this chalet. What a gorgeous property and fantastic host. Everything turned out to just as advertised! If i can figure out now how to get the whole family here during skiing season, we’d be good to go for the year!!
Stay at Tamarack Chalet - Aug 2019
A very pleasant stay in Tamarack chalet, quiet environment. Bedroom and mezzanine are well designed, as well as the terrace and hot tub.
Note : allowing better recycling (glass, plastics) of trash would be a +.
Within walking distance of the mountain resort, with several activities available for everyone. Not too far from Glacier NP, a must see as well.
Thank you for staying with us. We appreciate your comment about recycling and we're doing what we can to improve the overall recycling availability in our area. Unfortunately our area doesn't have a place to recycle glass (yet), but we're working on it.
Thanks again for staying with us!
Best family friendly house and location
Our stay was just perfect we enjoyed our time and had plenty of room for our family of 4. Gail was so accommodating with any request and advise for the house and the area. We so enjoyed our week.
Thank you for staying with us. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Snow Bear, and appreciate your sharing your review with others. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
Such a special and unique place to stay!
Our family celebrated a milestone birthday at this property and it certainly was everything we hoped for. The pictures and description were accurate and the owner was very accommodating and welcoming. If you want luxury and awe, Snow Bear Chalets is the place for you!!
Amazingly luxurious home!
Tamarack is first class! Home is wonderful and furnishings are wonderful. The kitchen was well stocked as were the bathrooms. We enjoyed our stay so much! Whitefish is a very neat area and this home is right in the ski area.
Thank you for staying with us. We're happy to hear that you were so happy with your chalet. We invite you to return to Whitefish again soon and to stay with us at Snow Bear!
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.