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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:
December 12, 2017

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 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

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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Excellent Choice

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, spacious, and clean house with fantastic views and great proximity to the slopes at Kirkwood. We had a really fun spring break trip, and are looking forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, Michael. You and your family are welcome to stay at our chalet any time we have availability.
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Perfect for a Sierras get-away

  • 5 of 5

The chalet provided comfortable, relaxing accommodations for my family while we skied and explored the Kirkwood area. The chalet gives both privacy and space to be together. Everything we needed to ski, eat and relax together was available: boot driers, nice hot showers, a wood stove, views, a kitchen island for preparing meals together, an ample table for eating together, and interesting documentaries to watch. Tastefully supplied and decorated for those who want to enjoy the outdoors.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Helen for being such a great guest. You and your family are welcome at our chalet any time. Glad that you had such a good time at Kirkwood.
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Good location and cozy home

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this rental home. Kids loved the little play area in the upstairs bedroom. The stove heater worked better than the air heater, and it's located in the middle of living room to dry up clothing after snow plays. We were provided with all we need for cleaning, cooking, and laundry etc. The only issue we encountered was parking. Due to snow, someone else's car parked in front of designated area, so our friend's car couldn't be parked next to the chalet. The car needs to be driven to other areas to allow snow to be cleared by city service, so be sure to drive a "snow-friendly" car when it snows.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Yes, especially during holiday periods and periods of heavy snowfall, parking can require some flexibility. In our information package, we state that you may have to park in the nearby overflow parking or on a nearby street. The parking directly in front of our chalet is not just for us and our guests. However, it is rare that one has to walk farther than a block. The snow at Kirkwood makes for great skiing, but it is a challenge for vehicles and parking.
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Perfect for a group of skiers or 2 families.

  • 5 of 5

This chalet was just what we were looking for. Our group of skiers was very comfortable. The wood stove works well and is generously stocked with hard wood. The kitchen leaves nothing to be desired, right down to a good selection of spices and condiments. The floor plan is open and utilizes the space well. It is clean and comfortable, but not fancy. Everything is well thought out and functional without being opulent. It is conveniently located for cross country skiing, and has ample parking in front. It offers exceptional value. We would not hesitate to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Urmas. We are glad you had such a good time. You are welcome to rent from us any time.
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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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