Ponderosa Chalet


Accommodation Overview

This magical vacation rental chalet with breathtaking mountain and wooded views sleeps up to 6 and has 800 sq. ft. of living space, plus a large balcony with outdoor dining and private hot tub. Ponderosa Chalet is 100% ski-in AND ski-out, located not near, but ON the ski slope by the Chair #3 lift on Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. You can ski to Chair #3 in less than 30 seconds! And coming home is EASY – just ski to your front door! All summer and winter resort amenities are within easy walking/skiing distance, including bars, restaurants, shops, etc.

Architectural Renderings and Floor Plans

Construction Update – December 5, 2016


  • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6 in 4 beds + 1 more in bonus turret sleeping area
  • Main level king master bedroom with adjoining bathroom
  • Loft level bedroom with 1 queen and 2 twins and ensuite bathroom
  • Bonus sleeping area in the turret is accessible from the Loft
  • Every bed in the chalet has 600 thread count linens, a cozy bed warmer, and toasty down comforter.


  • Main level full bathroom with toilet and shower is used both as the powder room and as the master bath
  • Loft level full bathroom with toilet and shower is used by the loft and turret areas
  • Hair dryer available for use
  • All linens & towels provided


  • Refrigerator
  • Gas Oven & Range
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker & Kettle
  • Upscale dishes and utensils for 8
  • Basic pantry items are provided, including spices, sugar, flour and condiments.
  • Outdoor grill available for use on private deck


  • Seating for 6 people inside and out
  • Dining island also serves as a prep area or workstation with plenty of outlets!
  • Upscale outdoor dining set lets you eat al fresco during the lovely summer season


  • Books, cards and games
  • Stereo – a built-in Sonos system plays music throughout
  • Television with Netflix
  • Skis, snowboards, and bicycles available for rent


  • High Speed Wi-Fi
  • Heating & Fireplace
  • Washing Machine & Dryer
  • Parking On-site

Optional Services Available

  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible
  • Minimum Age for Primary Renter: 25
  • Children Welcome
  • Smoking Not Permitted
  • Pets Not Allowed

Join Us on a Walkthrough of Ponderosa Chalet…

Walking in from Ponderosa Chalet’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 relax a bit, you’ll find a television with Netflix.

Those trees are what will draw you outside, as you slide open the six foot window wall and step out onto your 400 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 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 two 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 perfect for viewing the slopes and can be used as another sleeping area with its double papasan 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 is identical to Ponderosa and less than 30 feet from the slope. Cedar 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!