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Whitefish treehouses make Vrbo's Top 25 list

by Daily Inter Lake
| October 11, 2020 12:00 AM

The Ponderosa Chalet at Snow Bear Chalets on Big Mountain has been selected as one of Vrbo’s 25 all-time favorite properties in the world.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Vrbo (which stands for vacation rental by owner), the online vacation rental business selected 25 properties out of more than 2 million listings worldwide for inclusion in its all-time favorite list.

Snow Bear Chalets, located on the slope next to Chair 3 at Whitefish Mountain Resort, is the only Montana property on the list.

"It doesn't get any better than being recognized for excellence by the world's largest vacation rental company,” said entrepreneur Gail Goodwin, the mastermind behind the Chalets. Snow Bear was also recognized by TIME Magazine in 2018 as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Places and by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2019 as one of the 30 Sexiest Hotels in the World.

The chalets opened in 2017 as the world’s first ski-in, ski-out treehouses. Seven new chalets are on track to open this December, bringing the total occupancy up to 68 guests.

Snow Bear Chalets stand out with their unique architecture, including a signature treehouse design and castle-like turrets in every unit. The chalets are also equipped with private treetop hot tubs, gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces and many other luxury amenities.

"I wanted to build a magical place in the best location that would give our guests a unique place to truly relax and reconnect with what truly matters, and where they would be inspired to leave stress at the front door," Goodwin said of the one-of-a-kind accommodations.

The Snow Bear Chalets are a Premier Partner on

Guests can enter to win a chance to stay at the Snow Bear Chalets or another one of Vrbo’s collection of all-time favorite properties by sharing a family vacation photo on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #VrboTurns25.

Guests can also book directly by visiting


The interior view of one of the Snow Bear Chalets, including a glimpse up into the turret (Photo credit: Trevon Baker Photography).


The Snow Bear Chalets viewed from the slopes (Photo credit: Trevon Baker Photography).


The Ponderosa Chalet at Snow Bear Chalets on Big Mountain (Photo credit: Trevon Baker Photography)