Chalet is a beautiful private home, bordered by a laughing creek and slender aspens. It is an easy walk to the nightlife and activities of Teton Village. Paragliders land nearby in soaring silence, vivid as butterflies; elks bugle out on the grasslands. It is truly a magical setting.
Chalet’s traditional weathered wood siding, shingled roof, and long boardwalk porch echo Wyoming architectural traditions. Inside, the rustic and the modern elements happily mix: rough cut timbers and textured walls, meet streamlined upholstered furniture, soft graphic rugs. In the great room, a gathering of leather armchairs and a canvas sofa face the big, wood-burning stone fireplace, overhung by a tiered iron chandelier; But the show-stealer is the massive, 30’ floor-to-ceiling picture window framing the glorious panorama outside, filled to the brim with sky and mountains.
The dining area and kitchen share this big open space as well, where the crackling fire and whopping view are visible from every corner. A flat screen television is mounted above the fireplace, which is concealed behind folding wood panels when not in use. Clever standing lamps give the illusion of heavy chains suspended from feather-weight lampshades.
The kitchen is charming with its combination of western rusticity and gleaming, high-end appliances. Massive rafters frame the space; classic barn lights illuminate a leather-bracketed granite island and weathered wood cabinets; the handsome Wolff range has a quilted steel backsplash and a pot filler. At the other end of the room, just behind the dining table, two sets of French doors lead out to the great stone terrace, where a hot tub, Adirondack chairs, a dining table and a gas grill bask under the might of the Tetons.
The first floor has a spot for everything: besides the kitchen, dining and living areas, there is a spacious laundry room, powder room, a space just for storing outdoor gear, and a guest room with a king bed and en suite bath.
On the second floor, the grand master bedroom offers a gas fireplace and a breathtaking prospect from the four-poster bed; you’ll want to take your time getting up in the morning, watching sunlight frame the Gros Ventre Range while the fire burns peacefully. An alcove opens to a walk-in closet and to the master bath, exposing an airy, wood-paneled room with a soaking tub, glass walled shower, double sinks and a private water closet.
Just down from the second floor landing is a cozy, four-berth bunkroom. Classic wool blankets warm the beds; drawers built into the bottom bunks give ample space for clothes storage. The second-floor media room has a long, enticing sectional, which can easily convert to a king size bed for guests, if needed. Cowhide ottomans and Wild West art harkens to the adventures outside; and a big barn door can slide across the entrance for guests’ privacy.
Outside on the terrace, the big stone hearth is the place for cocktails, hearty appetizers and making plans for the next day’s pursuits. Jackson Hole’s fabulous bike paths runs nearby, offering a combustion-free passport to almost every site in the valley, from downtown Jackson to the gates of Grand Teton National Park. It provides a ski shuttle that will deliver you and your gear from chalet to the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort with a simple phone call. Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, The Clear Creek Group would be happy to set up a tandem paragliding session. Make sure friends and family in chalet are looking out the huge Great Room window to watch you soar by!