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Beautiful & Convenient Kirkwood Chalet

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, with Beautiful Mountain Views

Great for skiing/snowboarding and great for summer. Only 0.6 miles to the ski lifts. Free door-to-door, on-demand, shuttle available to/from lifts. For cross-country skiing, you can walk across the street and go right to the groomed meadow trails (purchase pass at Kirkwood XC center). Beautiful mountain views. Designed by skiers for skiers/boarders. Open plan (kitchen, dining area, living room, loft) makes your whole visit seem like a party. High ceilings with exposed wood beams.

Master BR has queen-size bed. Another bedroom has a queen-size bed. Third bedroom has twin beds. Loft trundle bed pulls out for 2 more twin beds. Bedroom with twin beds includes a mini-loft where kids love to hang out and play, or it is an ideal spot for meditation.

The bathrooms are set up so that they seem like a lot more than 2, so that everyone can get ready at the same time for those incredible Kirkwood powder mornings. There is an extra sink in the master BR, and there are 2 large sinks outside of the shower/toilet upstairs.

Some Kirkwood homes require a drive up a steep road or driveway. Not our cabin. Our street is nearly level with Kirkwood Meadows Dr, with parking right in front. The chalet is half of a duplex, and we share a path with the next door unit which makes it easier to get in, except right after a big storm when you may have to carve some snow steps (snow shovel provided). You cannot see nor hear the next door unit from inside our cabin.

We hate having to bring paper goods to a rental, so we provide everything you need except your own food. All linens and towels are provided. Well equipped kitchen has been enjoyed even by professional chefs. Coffee-maker, coffee-grinder, toaster, small micro-wave oven.

Wood-burning stove, with glass door to watch the fire, really creates a cozy ambience. Super efficient, the wood stove will heat the entire cabin and requires much less wood than a fireplace. Plenty of logs, kindling and paper provided. Or use the furnace. Your choice. There are lots of wood pegs for hanging cold or wet jackets, gloves, etc by the wood-stove or in most other rooms of the cabin. We even have an electrical boot/glove warmer/dryer in case you left your boots in the car overnight. If you email or call in advance, we will turn on the furnace before you arrive so that the cabin is warm when you arrive.

Cabin has free high-speed wifi, a flat-screen TV with Blu-Ray/DVD player. No cable service, so bring some movies or watch one from our extensive library. We also have lots of books to read and several games. A stereo system connects to your iPhone, iPod or other music device. NEW: Electronic front door lock - no need to use a key.

More Details

Howard Hoffman
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

About Howard Hoffman

Have been skiing at Kirkwood for many years. Active in Kirkwood community affairs, including improvements to utilities, former president of Kirkwood Meadows Association.

Howard Hoffman purchased this house in 1985

Why Howard Hoffman chose West Meadows

Our whole family loves Kirkwood and in all seasons. The skiing/snowboarding/cross-country skiing is some of the best in the US. The powder is frequently truly awesome. Kirkwood, as a part of Vail Resorts, has some of the best ski run grooming anywhere. I can say that with some authority, as I have skied in 10 US states plus Canada and Switzerland, at dozens of ski resorts, including many of the most famous ones. Kirkwood is much less crowded and is more laid back than Lake Tahoe, and yet you can drive there in 40 minutes to get all of the recreation and entertainment available. We like being so close to the lifts and yet having the privacy of being in the homes just between the lifts and Highway 88. The summer hiking, fishing, horseback riding, boating, mountain biking and other activities are really great too. I had stayed at and visited many ski cabins/condos and worked with an architect in designing our cabin to be fun and easy for a ski vacation.


West Meadows House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Extra sink in Master Bedroom. Separate room with 2 sinks outside of upstairs bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Loft - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful & Convenient Kirkwood Chalet
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

Great condo with a great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend skiing at Kirkwood and staying in this condo.

1) The condo was perfect for our family. Very comfortable beds and a nice open living / dining area to hang out after skiing. The kitchen also has everything you will need. The condo is stocked with tons of movies and a good set of games. The kids loved the little loft area in their bedroom - instant fort!

2) Howard was great to work with. He sent important details that helped us plan our trip and was very responsive to questions.

3) Great location - you can take the free shuttle up to the ski area.. or a very short 3 min drive.

We will hopefully be back next time we visit Kirkwood.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anne, Thank you for the review. We are so glad to have had you and your family as guests. You are welcome any time in the future. Regards, Howard
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Great base for Kirkwood fun!

  • 4 of 5

Cabin served all our needs for two families with 4 college aged kids (total). Convenience to mountain was great. We appreciated the gas fireplace, the movie library, and the sound system. Kitchen was fully stocked. Minor drawback-would appreciate more comfy seating. With only a couch and chair, not room for everyone when watching a movie or hanging out. Had to use kitchen chairs. Howard is a great host and gave us all the info we needed.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lori, glad to hear that you and your party had such a good stay at our chalet. We will definitely consider expanding the "comfy" seating in the near future. Thank you for the feedback. You are welcome to stay at our chalet any time. Regards, Howard
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Great accommodations for a family ski vacation at Kirkwood

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our ski vacation at Kirkwood and the Hoffman Chalet was a great choice for our stay. It's clear that the owner, Howard, pays great attention to detail -- from the clear and well organized instructions, to the amenities in the chalet. The home is well stocked and well equipped with everything needed. A free and fast, door-to-lodge shuttle makes this home as convenient as the far more expensive lodgings on the slopes, and it's more quiet and peaceful.

We liked that Howard has a "snow-check" contingency policy -- he will provide a credit or refund for the night if you cannot get to the Chalet because of bad weather. I've never seen this before in a vacation rental. It provides some piece of mind when booking far in advance.

We highly recommend staying at the Hoffman Chalet for your Kirkwood-based adventures. As another reviewer noted, it's also a great place to go during the summer for hiking, fishing, biking, etc.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed hosting you and your family, Kevin. Thanks for being such great guests. You are welcome back any time. Regards, Howard
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Great Ski vacation

  • 5 of 5

We, a party of 5, had a great week of skiing during our stay at the cabin. It is

spacious, very well equipped (kitchen, baths, towels, linens), we found it to be very clean, and we made great use of the collection of DVDs. We managed the wood burning stove without issues and also benefitted from the Kirkwood shuttle..

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alex, we are happy you and your group had such a good time at our chalet and at Kirkwood. We welcome you back any time. Regards, Howard
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Summertime Escape

  • 5 of 5

First, I hate to give away the secret of the Kirkwood area in the summertime, but it's just too good to keep secret. Howard is fantastic and his place is excellent. Very convenient to great hiking and fishing, close enough to South Shore if you want to go, but there really isn't any need as the unit has everything you need and is close to everywhere you want to go. We just spent a few days fishing, hiking, and playing disk golf and my kids loved every minute of it. Howard's place is well equipped, very clean, comfortable, and a breeze to check in and check out. We definitely hope to be back soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bill. We are glad that you and your family had such a good time renting our Kirkwood home. You are all welcome back at any time.
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Thanks, Howard Hoffman!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful "home" for our 3-generation family during our August 2017 visit. We found Kirkwood even more beautiful than when we lived there in the 80s and 90s. There are four sleeping areas, just right for us, the kitchen was well-appointed, and Howard was a concerned and helpful host. The house's proximity to the meadow was an added bonus. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Susan. We were very happy to host you and your family. You are welcome back any time. Regards, Howard
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Nearest Airport
77 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Kirkwood Inn
Nearest Golf
26 Miles
Tahoe Paradise Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
CA 88
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Kirkwood Inn
Nearest Ski
0.6 Miles
Kirkwood Ski Area
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Caples Lake
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $265
Damage Deposit $600

Normal checkout time is 11 am (to allow for house cleaning). For an additional $40, you can have checkout at 3 pm, or for $60 you can checkout at 5 pm. Late checkout must be arranged in advance of your stay, preferably at the time of your reservation. Late checkout is not available during the Dec 20 through Jan 1 holiday period.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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