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Last September we embarked on an expansion of Snow Bear Chalets, to add 7 new chalets to our little family of slopeside, luxury, short-term vacation rentals. Then winter 2019/2020 hit with tons of snow, and just when we were seeing the light again in early March 2020, COVID-19 changed the world as we know it. What a crazy time to be constructing a large project! 

We’re so grateful that even during the COVID craziness going on around us in the world, our crew has been able to work even throughout the shutdown. Yes, we all wore masks to protect one another, (even if it was with substantial, continual prodding from me). We made it through a time we will always remember- together. 

Today we’re celebrating the Certificate of Substantial Completion of our new building, including our personal home and six new short-term vacation rental units. My husband and I moved into our home on November 7th, and guests will start arriving for our new rentals in about 2 weeks. WOOHOOOOO!!!!!

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At this time of Thanksgiving, we want to publicly thank the talented craftsmen who have helped us build this new expansion at Snow Bear Chalets. For the last 14 months you have designed, dug, built, finished and worked tirelessly during very difficult times. 


Malmquist Construction- the very best general contractor in Montana! Thanks to Tyler, Chris, Bear, Bob, Devontae, Andrew and the entire team!

Thanks to Les Aasheim who has been there from the beginning. We greatly appreciate your kindness and your talent!

Thank you to AJ, Katie, and the team at Three Rivers Bank for making the dream possible!

Thank you to my right hand, Teryn, and to her team of Megan, Jill, Selena, Gaylene, Catie, Lori, Travis, and the rest of the Snow Bear cleaning crew- thank you for making our home so beautiful!

THANK YOU to our talented craftsmen and professional team which include: 

Able Roofing

Accent Spas- Spokane

Aeneas Enterprises, Limited

Anderson Masonry- fireplaces, pavers

Archer Excavating

Ben Rogers

Casazza Concrete Inc

Chantels’s Concrete Cutting Inc

CM Quality Insulation Inc

Cost Less Carpet- carpet and quartz

Culligan- water treatment

Darrin- the most amazing UPS delivery man ever!

Dynamic Drywall & Paint Finishes LLC


Frampton and Purdy- legal

Freds Appliance- Thermador and GE Cafe appliances

Frontier Figures- bookkeeping

Gil’s Furniture – furniture

Glacier Precast Concrete Inc

Glacier Stone Fabrication- quartz countertops

Harmon Crane & Rigging Inc

Ideal Tile- bathroom tile installation

JCCS- Accounting

John Highfill- carpet installation

Kim Brubaker- faux finishes in the turrets

Malouf- bedding

Legendary Finishes- painting/staining

Lewellen Enterprises LLC

Lipka Builders

Masterpiece Carpet One

Mastodon Crane Services LLC

Meredith Coopman Design

Montana Basement Solutions- waterproofing

Montana Doorways Plus

Montana Helical Piers

North Valley Steel

Owen Custom Carpentry LLC

Peter Grosshans – architectural renderings

Pioneer Heating & Cooling- radiant and HVAC 

Premier Doors & Millworks- doors and trim

ProYard-The Outdoor Plus – outdoor fire pit

Riverside Garage Doors

Rock Creek Plumbing

Roof Works

Sam Negron- furniture assembly

Schuman Construction

Shannon Parrot- starry window seat upholstery

Shipshape Carpentry LLC

Simco Electric

Sliters Lumber and Building Supply

Sobel Westex- linens

Solid Iron- railings, backsplashes, fireplace wraps

Stellar Integration and Safety Solutions

StoneCraft- Cambria Quartz installation

T-Bend Construction Inc

Theresa Aline- furniture assembly

TD&H Engineering

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp

Timothy Oulton- Amazing lights and furniture from their San Francisco showroom

Triple B Manufacturing

Tyson Abel, architect

Uptic Studios- architectural firm

Valley Glass Inc- Sierra Pacific doors/windows and shower enclosures

Water Mosaics- Toto, Delta and Brizo faucets and fixtures

Wiedamark – starry lights and LED strips

Weitzel Builders- finish carpentry and so much more

Western Building Center- kitchen cabinets and lumber

Western States CAT Rental

Wild Rockies Landscaping LLC

Wooded River- interior window seats faux fur

To each and every one of you, thank you. We’ve had more than 150 people work tirelessly to bring this building to life. It is so beautiful because of you, and for that, we sincerely thank you. 

In case you haven’t seen the new chalets yet, you can view the  floor plans and architectural renderings on our website, by clicking on the CHALETS tab and then selecting a specific chalet from the drop-down menu. This new building features 7 luxury chalets, underground, heated, reserved parking, a large ski locker room, and a PreCor fitness center. Or, you can wait a few weeks and once they are fully furnished, you’ll be able to enjoy professional photos of each unit, or better yet, come enjoy one of them for a ski vacation!

To all of you who have helped with this creation, THANK YOU for sharing your time and your talent with us and for being such an important part of the Snow Bear Chalets family. We greatly appreciate you!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! As we enter into this upcoming holiday season and into the new year, may your world be blessed with health, prosperity, happiness, laughter, joy, and love. May we all find peace within during the craziness around us and take the time to appreciate the beauty in our lives. Even when the world has temporarily turned a bit upside down, there is still so much to be grateful for. 

With gratitude and hugs,



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