Quirky fun house with plenty of space
In many ways this was an ideal ski house for our group: Roomy and functional with a great hot tub looking out on pretty trees and mountains. Two families with 7 kids altogether came to ski Sun Valley, and this house made that easier in several ways: - Huge entry area with couches and hooks for organizing and putting on gear. - Big, functional kitchen where multiple people could prep and serve breakfast, pack lunches, etc., simultaneously. - Large garage with countertops, another great place to stage gear. Because it's heated, you could load boots and stuff into the car the night before without worrying about it feeling cold when you put it on. - Hooks! Besides the entryway, there are also plenty of hooks in bathrooms and on doors throughout the house. - Besides the hot tub, 2 of the bathrooms have jetted tubs. - Large living and dining room for apres-ski. - Multiple heat zones. If you like a cold room for sleeping but the rest of your group wants it warm, choose one of the bedrooms that have their own thermostat. The house states that it sleeps up to 16, and that would work, using the extra couches and floor mattresses in the house. With our group of 11, we had two people in each of the 5 queen beds, plus one kid on a floor mattress. This is not a pristine property. Small things that could use attention, for instance one bedroom had one missing window blind and one that was broken and couldn't be raised or lowered. These things didn't bother us though. Why do I call it quirky? The layout is sprawling with some surprising design choices. The independent bedroom suite is not just across the garage, you actually have to walk outside to get to it. This delighted the teens in our group, who got that room, but it's not situation you would want for small kids. Then there's the fact that you can see the bed in the master from the loft through the fireplace, which means if you have extra people sleeping on the loft, there is no privacy in the master. Then there are those flat sinks in the master that other reviewers mentioned. We were not fans. Finally, we didn't like the 2-tier cleaning plan. You pay a typical cleaning fee, but if you don't pay an additional fee, you're asked to go beyond normal checkout procedures, such as wiping out the fridge. Busy with skiing, we didn't get around to reading the list until it was too late to upgrade the plan so it took an extra hour on checkout day to go through all the steps. Overall, great house!