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Stone Mountain Chalet with Elevator and Ski Room

Here’s a magical mountain home that fits right in with the holiday theme of the day. Bozeman-based architect Reid Smith created this stunning stone home design for owner Marsha Hill and her huge family which includes her husband Greg, their five children and six grandchildren – with one more on the way! This all-season getaway high in the mountains of Montana offers skiing in the winter months, tennis in the summer, and regardless of the weather it’s a warm, cozy spot for all to gather and enjoy each other’s company. The house sits atop a ridge, cantilevered over the valley below, maximizing views and enhancing its sense of height.

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The stone exterior features naturally uneven blocks that deliver a rustic cabin home aesthetic, complemented by wood and stone archway that extends into the house, guiding you in.

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Interiors are exactly what you’d expect from the rustic facade, with the same stone walls, wood columns and overhead arches that define its exterior. The foyer welcomes you with a massive three-sided stone fireplace worthy of Santa himself. A rustic swing hangs before it, inviting you to sit and thaw from the cold outside.

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The three-sided fireplace anchors the living room, dining room and kitchen, sharing its warmth and its charm.

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The traditional style kitchen is clearly a hub in this home, with a large center island surrounded by a wood surface for sipping wine and keeping the chef company during meal prep. A banquette around the corner offers a separate sitting and eating area – just for the kids! A bold black and white backsplash is an instant focal point in this country kitchen.

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The formal dining room is a delicious, dramatic space outfitted with a fit dining table and seating for 14.

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A small sitting area with a daybed overlooks the ski bridge. The what? The site’s steep slope made access to the home and hills difficult, to the architect incorporated a 31-ft, tall elevator tower leading to the home through steel doors. At the tower’s base, a ski room provides storage for gear and convenient ski-in, ski-out access.

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An indoor teepee surrounded by a forest of wood pillars.

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Bunk beds! The kids’ sleeping area adjoins to the master bedroom.

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The ski room at the foot of the elevator tower is as cozy as they come, wrapped in wood and complete with sled-inspired ottomans and a hot chocolate station.

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The powder room is the only modern style space in the whole house, with textured animal-print wallpaper and an onyx vessel link.

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We love this log wall, featuring cut log in various sizes.

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Each bedroom was inspired by one of the five children, with a design and name that followed suit: Rushing Buffalo, Silly Moose, Dancing Fawn, Hungry Bear and Gray Wolf.

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Reid Smith Architects
via Mountain Living
photo credits: Reid Smith Architects & Gibeon Photography

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