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'Snowflake Chalet' Bright, beautiful, spacious mountain retreat in Serene Lakes

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 3,248 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4+ bdrm., 3.5 baths, hot tub, decks, fireplace, 2-car garage

This sunny, airy mountain home with hot tub is the perfect venue for a group of family or friends to enjoy the mountains. Great craftsmanship in the woodwork, stonework, and spiral hickory staircases. Large, plentiful windows offer views of the snowy trees so you really get the mountain feel. Located in Serene Lakes, just 5-10 minutes drive from Alpine skiing, walk to Nordic skiing. In summer, walk to Lake Dulzura, mountain biking and hiking trails. Located just before the Donner Summit for easy access from the Bay Area--you can skip the traffic over the summit and be on vacation sooner.

The Snowflake Chalet is truly special. Custom built in 2006, it features a rustic mountain aesthetic while providing luxurious comfort in over 3200 sqft. Watch the snow fall on the trees from the enormous south-facing windows and decks. Stargaze from the hot tub after a day on the slopes. Stretch out in front of the fireplace in the living room. Curl up with a book in the window seat. Gather around the roomy dining table to enjoy a great meal prepared in the well-equipped chef's kitchen. Have a dance party in the rec. room (they won't hear you in the living room or bedrooms!). At the end of the day, flannel sheets and down comforters await you. The separate rec. room and plentiful bedrooms and bathrooms ensure that everyone has room to stretch out and relax. The 2-car garage means no snow and ice scraping when it's time to venture out. Our hydronic heat system keeps the floors warm and the air less dry than traditional heat.

The Chalet is located in skiers' heaven! 13 minutes from Sugar Bowl for Alpine skiing and 4 minutes from Royal Gorge for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing (walk 1 block to trails if you already have a pass). Also nearby are Boreal, Soda Springs, Donner Ski Ranch. NorthStar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Tahoe Donner are just a bit further. Our neighborhood sled hill is great for the kiddos, and a mini sled run can be made in the back yard (use our many sleds).

In summer enjoy wildflowers, hiking, road and mountain biking. Take a short walk to the Serene Lakes for beach, swimming, canoeing (use ours), kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and catch-and-release fishing. Visit nearby Donner Lake for motorized boating sports.

The Snowflake Chalet has room for 12 people to sleep comfortably (in real beds in rooms with doors).

On the entrance level are three bedrooms, a full bathroom, mud room, laundry room and a deck off Bedrooms 2 and 3.

-Bedroom 1: queen bed (sleeps 2)

-Bedroom 2: queen bed and 1 set bunk beds (sleeps 4)

-Bedroom 3: 2 sets bunk beds (sleeps 4)

The second floor has an open living room-dining room-large kitchen, a half bath, a deck with hot tub, a separate rec. room with ping pong, tv, a deck and a full bathroom.

-Rec. room: queen-sized futon couch could be made into a bed (there is a door for privacy and the futon mattress has springs and is new and comfortable). With an en suite full bath and a lovely balcony, this room functions well as a second master, if desired. (sleeps 2)

The master loft on the third floor has one bedroom with a desk nook and a full bathroom with steam bath (en suite). For complete privacy, there is a door at the top of the stairs to the loft.

-Bedroom 4: queen bed (sleeps 2)

More Details

Karyn Newman
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Serene Lakes in Soda Springs

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3248 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests must replace missing water in the hot tub (from splashing or overflow) and add sanitizing chemicals before departure.
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , double shower and steam bath
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , door to deck
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Bunk Bed , door to deck
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , desk nook and ensuite full bath
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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'Snowflake Chalet' Bright, beautiful, spacious mountain retreat in Serene Lakes
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews

roomy. well equipped. plenty of space for 3 families.

  • 5 of 5

second year we have used the 'snowflake chalet.' it is as described.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxurious stay, wow factor!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home we had the fortune to stay at! Incredible kitchen with every amenity you would ever need to make gourmet meals for a large family, and room enough for multiple cooks. The heart of a house is the kitchen, and the snowflake delivered! Only negative was the hot-tub did not work, but the owner had a repair man out, but ended up needing an electrician. The owner provided a discount for the hot tub not working, that was nice, but we missed the hot-tub, next time!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so sorry you couldn’t use the hot tub! We did get an electrician to repair the wiring and the hot tub is working again. I just wish we could have made it happen during your stay. I’m always happy to know someone enjoys the big kitchen as much as we do. We hope you’ll visit again.
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Great home

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and very well decorated. We were snowed under so didn't get to use the outside but it was a very nice and comfortable home.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and spacious cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a weekend in the snow at this amazing cabin! The owners are very accommodating and the cabin is open and inviting! Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic location, layout, and amenities!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Snowflake Chalet for 3 nights this week. We arrived and found everything in order, ready for our stay. The floor plan was great for our family and friends to gather together. The multiple bedrooms worked great for the kids. The game room was perfect for fun and games. We got our 500 piece puzzle done just in time! The kitchen was beautiful and well stocked with all the needed utensils, appliances, etc. The hot tub was a great amenity. The home had extra snow gear, though we didn't need it. Extra sleds would be great for guests who travel from long-distances. We had a great time sledding at the local sledding hill within the neighborhood. The home is just a great spot to come and enjoy all the Sierras have to offer. We are already talking about staying here next time! Highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a wonderful location

  • 4 of 5

This was our second stay at the Snowflake Chalet and it is a lovely house, well laid out for families and groups. Tastefully decorated and very near skiing and the perfect little lake. Unfortunately no snow for us, but the house was big enough that we could play games, watch a movie and read all at the same time. A relaxing weekend!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
51 Miles
Reno, NV
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Summit Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Tahoe Donner Golf Course
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Truckee, CA
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Summit Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Sugar Bowl
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Serene Lakes
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £188.42
Damage Deposit £376.85

• Three-night minimum for holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

• We do not offer ski leases (rental of the property for the entire ski season).

• Seven-day rentals are discounted and may commence on any day of the week EXCEPT Saturdays.

• We do not offer any other discounts on the Chalet.

• No last-minute reservations accepted. Bookings must be completed at least 7 days before check in.

• Early arrival and late checkout are billed at $25/ hour plus 10% tax, if available, and can be reserved one week before arrival or later.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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