"A group of 6 families totaling 17 people traveled to Heavenly Valley for a weekend to catch up and enjoy some spring skiing with our kids. We chose the House with the Bear because it could fit our group, but little did we know how perfect it would be for our home on the mountain. The location can't be beat - just off Stagecoach, right above the Stagecoach Express. We'd planned ahead and rented our skis online from Heavenly Sports Stagecoach and picked them up the night before we were ready to hit the slopes. It was a 3 minute walk down to the shop to pick up our skis and we were right at the lift, ready to go. After that, all we had to do was cross the street with our skis and we were good! Very few houses had that kind of ski in/ski out access.
The house itself is beautifully appointed with comfortable gathering spaces for large groups. We let the kids take over the pool room (the bunk room was nearby), and the adults spent most of our time in the kitchen/family room, with high ceilings, large windows and comfortable couches for all. The kitchen itself had cookware and serving dishes aplenty. Our group of 17 cooked nearly every meal in the house and never had to wish for a dish! Plenty of glasses, plates, pots and pans, ovens, toasters and counter space. We were amazed at how well stocked the kitchen was. How often can you find a dining room table that seats 17? Perfect!
The owner was very responsive to our needs as well. We had issues with the internet (perhaps we overloaded the system?), but he was right on it to help us troubleshoot and gave us some options for better connectivity (though it never ran as well as we'd have liked). The owner was also flexible with our check-in check/out times, which was very helpful for those who had travelled far and had unique schedules to meet. We really appreciated that.
We'd rent this house again in a heartbeat. The skiing in Heavenly is terrific, with lots of varied terrain, and this home is on a solid blue lift easy for young teens to navigate. The perfect place for them to practice some independence! All while we're in the hot tub - that's priceless! Thanks to Bob and his team for their flexibility and hospitality during our stay."
Guest: Robin H.
Date of Stay: March 2016
Review Submitted: April 7, 2016