Lonely Planet Writer

Sleep just five feet away from the slopes in these treehouse chalets

The world’s first luxury treehouse chalets that enable guests to sleep just five feet away from the slopes have opened in Northwestern Montana, just in time for the winter season.

The chalets are designed to look like fairy tale tree houses. Image by Trevon Baker

Completed in September, the Snow Bear Chalets at Whitefish Mountain Resort are built 30 feet above the forest floor and offer stunning views of Glacier National Park. The chalets have been designed with walls of sliding windows on three sides in order to create a sense of space, and each one is finished with its own bespoke fittings such as fibre optic twinkling lights that form constellations, treetop decks, sunken private hot tubs and cantilevered master bedrooms.

Inside the Ponderosa chalet, featuring a special starry night display in the bedroom.
Inside the Ponderosa chalet, featuring a special starry night display in the bedroom. Image by Trevon Baker

Created by developer Gail Lynn Goodwin, the three luxury chalets are modelled on Glacier Bear Retreat, another project that was built four years ago inside the boundaries of the national park. The extreme proximity of the accommodation to the slopes makes accessing the day’s activities easy, and has already proven popular with guests. “We found the perfect slopeside lot and because it was unzoned, we could have built anything. However, we wanted our guests to feel as if they were in their own storybook home, which is why they were designed as private treehouses rather than as a hotel. At some point in our lives, I think we’ve all dreamed of living in a treehouse. Just because we’re adults doesn’t mean that dream has to end – even if it’s only for a week,” Gail said.

Ponderosa ski chalet in Montana
The chalets are located just five feet from the ski slopes. Image by Heidi Long

The unique location of the chalets was the only remaining slopeside parcel in an area, where a range of properties had been developed more than 50 years ago. Whitefish Mountain Resort boasts over 3000 acres of mixed terrain, including powder skiing.

The interior of the Cedar Chalet at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
The interior of the Cedar Chalet at Whitefish Mountain Resort. Image by Trevon Bakers

Each of the treehouse chalets sleeps from between six to ten people, and can be rented on a weekly basis, with average prices starting from $560 per night.

More information on booking is available at the Snow Bear Chalets website.