The ultimate in luxury accommodations is represented in Bear Necessities; spaciousness, breathtaking views, new furnishings, and every possible amenity make this chalet a favorite with many guests. Homey extras decorate every nook.
Booking requirements: 3 night weekend minimum stay (ski season only)
Left on 03/27/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Flanagan
We skied 2 years ago at Powderhorn and I noticed Bear Necessities. Glad we decided to book this place.There was plenty of room for 15 plus people, with age ranges from 3yrs old to 60yrs old. Stayed for 4 days and enjoyed every minute of it. Looking to get signed up for next year.
Family of skiers
Left on 03/14/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Family of skiers
This is a beautiful lodge in a great location for a large group. A little pricey but it rents out quickly so it's worth it!
Excellent as always!!!
Left on 03/03/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Shaun Harrington
Every year you welcome us with open arms!!! You treat us as family, going out of your way to make our trip special every year!!! Bear necessarties is one of the prime places to stay on the resort. We have selected the bare necessities because it is the best location for the amenities that we seek being hillside is awesome. We can come and go as we please without making a huge production of trying to each everyone on the same page!!
Another Great Season at Bear
Left on 02/19/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | BE24
We have been coming to Powderhorn for at least 25 years. We have stayed at other locations but we keep coming back to Bear. I think we have been at Bear at least 18 of the 25 times. We really like the remodel and the TV room and the opposing sitting room. Things we don't like is we come up in a 34 ft RV and we can not park it on the upper driveway. It is just too steep. We have gotten it stuck and slid into the trees and so on so plan on carrying all your gear up a lot of stairs. Shuttle service very nice. We are always there during the week and this year they had enough lifts open so we could ski the whole hill.
Great place to stay!
Left on 02/15/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | Lori K
We have been coming to Powderhorn for 23 years and 11 of them have been at Bear Necessities. We love the ski in-ski out option. The large kitchen is wonderful for a full house of guests. Bedrooms very spacious and comfortable. Hot tub is great after a long day of skiing. Comfortable living room with a lot of seating. We, however, have grown out of the Bear Necessities and are trying out Sno Summit next year.
Green Bay, WI
A little slice of Heaven
Left on 02/13/2014 for a stay in February 2014 | Diane Z.
This is our 3rd year at Bear Necessities and each time we step foot in this beautiful condo we feel so blessed. Our group of 10 women, have stayed at many different condos over 22 yrs but once we found Bear Necessities we found our home. This condo is huge but still intimate; the 2 living rooms gives everyone plenty of space never feeling we are on top of each other. The view of the run from the warmth of the living room is fun. The kitchen is plenty big for several cooks and well stocked with every pot or pan you need. The dinning room is perfect for a sit down dinner. As you enter the condo there is a large area for boots and jackets so we never have to bring those clothes into the condo - really helps you stay organized. Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms...love the hot tub and sauna. Only suggestion..would love to have a 2ed hot tub outside:)but really this is the best condo we have ever stayed in and it will be our home once a year for many years to come. Now a word about the staff...outstanding!! Everyone is friendly, welcoming and helpful. This service starts with lodging desk staff to the guys who shovel the deck and check the hot tub. We always take the little bus to the Pub and Grub one night during our stay..love that service and that once we arrive our cars don't have to move. The hill is great and always in great condition. I have found Powderhorn goes above and beyond as far as service...even this year when one of the girls forgot a pair of snowshoes...no problem...Powderhorn shipped them. Thank you Powderhorn and see you next year! Read more
Response from Big Powderhorn Lodging Association - 02/13/2014
Thank you for such a wonderful review! We are so glad we could help make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible! We look forward to seeing you again next season!
New Holstein WI
Another year at Bear Necessities
Left on 01/25/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | Gene
We had another great stay at "The Bear". The accommodations are excellent, the staff was wonderful and very helpful, the lift operators were friendly. The kids even enjoyed a few rides down the hill on the sleds. They said it was a long walk back up the hill and wished the chair lifts were running after 4 PM.
Great place, great friends and a great time.
Great house for our group of 12.
Left on 12/20/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | Madison
Our group has been staying at Powderhorn for years. This is the first time we've stayed at Bear Necessities. The living area, the bedrooms, and being trailside worked well for us. The only thing this house is missing is a big dining table to seat the entire group, but the bar stools around the kitchen counter were nice for additional seating.
The Best of all Worlds.
Left on 03/23/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Roberts Family
We have stayed in many chalets at Big Powderhorn and Bear Necessities tops them all. It's spaciousness accommodated our large family. Having two living rooms is great when you have a large group with different interests. It is clean, bright and beautifully decorated. We loved the ski-in/ski/out availability. We will definitely try to stay here again. It is difficult to reserve this chalet.
Green Bay, WI
We Love this Place!!! It's Paradise!!!
Left on 03/07/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | Diane
We have rented Bear Necessities for our annual Girls Ski Trip for the past 2 yrs...(we stayed at Skyward prior which is nice but Bear Necessities is much larger, better layout for us and more updates). The layout of this condo really makes it perfect for our group of 10 gals. The huge open concept kitchen with snack bar seating for 10 makes a perfect gathering place for a few or dinner for all. The layout, with the double living rooms, is great for group socializing/ movie watching/ game playing in one LR and quiet reading in the other. The bedrooms are large and comfortable. Love the hot tub (which is inside). The condo has multiple decks great for enjoying the day outside. Of course, this is a ski in/ ski out condo so the hill is just feet away-got to Love that!! The staff at Powderhorn are fantastic! From Tony who checks our hot tub each day, the front lodge staff, ticket lady, the bartenders and waitstaff at the Main Lodge, to the guys who man the lifts...all make your vacation perfect!! They are all wonderful; friendly very helpful, and down right fun! We love this place and will return each year.
A great experience
Left on 03/06/2013 for a stay in February 2012 | Shaun
This was the third year we have stayed here. We enjoy the service. They go out of their way to make us feel welcome. We have never had a bad time. Great cabins and great skiing/boarding.
Family Ski Vacation- A tradition - Been going for decades!
Park Ridge, IL
Time with Family with more than Bear Necessities!
Left on 01/19/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | Family Ski Vacation- A tradition - Been going for decades!
Our family has been going to Big Powderhorn Mt for decades -for 4 full days of skiing and always staying at a place on the slopes. This year for the first time we stayed at Bear Necessities and it was wonderful! Great access to the runs and our favorite was getting the first of the next generation on the slope- almost 3 year old grandson Gabriel! By day 4 he was going down alpen and even ventured onto the Chairlift several times. Great place to stay,great space, everything you need- even in the kitchen, little snafu with maintenance that was quickly fixed. Had a wonderful time.
Bear Necessities Lodge
Left on 12/05/2012 for a stay in November 2012 | Satisfied Renter
Our family has stayed at this lodge several times over the years. We love the set up, a TV watching area and on the other side of the big fireplace, an area to visit and for kids to play. The kitchen is fabulous and the long L shaped eating counter seats many, making it easy to visit while working in the kitchen. Each bedroom has a different animal theme, which is just fun. There is lots of room inside and out. The furnishings are very nice. We truly enjoy this lodge.
The Polaski, White, Williams, Whitney's
Great time with Friends
Left on 03/14/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | The Polaski, White, Williams, Whitney's
We had a great time staying at Bear Necessities. The property is first rate. Probably the nicest we have stayed in at Big Powderhorn. We had 4 families with plenty of romm for all. The location is outstanding. Only regret was that the alpin Inn was closed due to our Mon-Weds stay... also the Foosball table has issues. We will definately stay there again.
Green Bay, WI
The Best Condo Yet!!
Left on 03/07/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | Diane Z
Our group of 10 women have taken a annual ski trip for 22 yrs! The last 10 yrs we have been at Powderhorn and have always stayed at Skyward (which is a lovely condo also). This yr we desided to try Bear Necessities and we are so glad we did. The condo is beautiful, large and right on the run. This condo is so large that we never felt cramped and there was plenty of room for us to spread out. The 2 living rooms, large kitchen and dining room with bench, nice sized "ski room" in the entry way helped us keep coats and boots out of the living space. The only drawback is the hot tub is in-doors and we really like and out-door tub. But with all the positives this condo has to offer we can give up the out-door hot tub. We are booked already for next yr.
We love the Bear!
Left on 02/29/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | MN_Vacationers
We love staying at Bear Necessities! The only downside was that the hot tub was rather dirty - old and sort of slimy water. But, the rest of the place was clean and spacious. We had a great stay.
The WWJ Group
New Holstein WI
Left on 01/12/2012 for a stay in January 2012 | The WWJ Group
As always Bear Necessities is a wonderful place to stay. The improvements made to the home have made the stay even better. Thank you owners of BN.
Jim and Karen Jorgensen
Left on 11/23/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | Jim and Karen Jorgensen
We are return customers at Big Powderhorn and have rented many trailside or deluxe chalets over the years. This unit is definitely among our favorites. This was the second time we've rented Bear Necessities, wished that we could have stayed longer and already are discussing when we'll be back. Everything was perfect except the water pressure. We rated 'service' average because we kept the unit clean and didn't need to contact the office for anything during our stay. Special thanks go to Char and Claire at Big Powderhorn Lodging association for everything!
Beautiful setting at a wonderful home.
Left on 10/13/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Patti Koivisto
Bear Necessities is an awesome rental for a large group. Beautiful home with beautiful furniture. Disapointment due to the fact that two of us have animal allergies and the dog hair present on the beds on the main floor was awful.
Bear Necessities is awesome!
Left on 03/23/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | Tina
We have been coming to Big Powderhorn for 10 years and Bear Necessities was awesome! We had thirteen people that came to Big Powderhorn and this home was really great! I really love the kitchen area with its open atmosphere. Cooking and cleaning was not a chore because you always felt part of the action. Beds were very comfortable and there are plenty of bathrooms. Love the hot tub and sauna too!
Left on 03/17/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | John Wayne
We visited the first week of March to snowmobile and ski. Mother Nature did not allow us to sled so we got in double the amount of skiing. Fantastically located. Beautiful home. If I were to think of one drawback it would be size of the hot tub (4 person). Definite five star home.
St. Paul Mom
St. Paul, MN
Best Time of the Year!
Left on 03/10/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | St. Paul Mom
We love staying at Powderhorn. This was our 7th year coming to the mtn and we had a blast as usual. The lodging arrangements aren't terribly cheap, but they are perfect! We have stayed at several of the houses - Gio's, Skyward, Shannon, and the Bear Necessities is definitely the king of the hill.
Rib Off Contest - Winner is C
Good times once again!
Left on 02/10/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | Rib Off Contest - Winner is C
We stayed at this condo once before. The kitchen has been upgraded with new counter tops and flooring, both are great enhancements. Six bedrooms work extremely well especially the two that have the bath attached.
The only draw back is the gas fireplace. Not sure why, but starting the fire and making sure it stays stoked is part of our ski weekend experience.
Our group enjoyed the condo so much we "bearly" left to go skiing!
bear necessities provides so much more
Left on 01/23/2011 for a stay in December 2010 | Mary S.
We truly enjoyed staying @ bear necessities. It is very spacious, has a great slopeside location, and great amenities.
The floor plan of the chalet is great and it is so nice to have a hot tub & sauna.
Great family time at a great family place.
Left on 01/06/2011 for a stay in December 2010 | Illinois visitors
Our group consisted of 2 senior citizens, 4 adults and 7 college kids. Bear Necessaties provided something for everyone. We spent evenings playing cards, talking, alot of laughter and relaxing in the hot tub. We cooked meals each evening and the kitchen supplied us with all the necessary equipment. We look forward to another great stay in the future.
Left on 08/02/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Rebecca Nettles
We enjoyed our stay. The place was roomy and comfortable. It is in a beautiful setting so we enjoyed hiking the ski hill. The only down side was there was no washer or iron. I had to borrow my mothers. I understand skiers may not need to iron but after a twenty-two hour trip with all our clothes stuck in a suitcase for two days, all of our clothes were wrinkled.
BN January Renter
New Holstein WI
Left on 01/25/2010 for a stay in January 2010 | BN January Renter
Furniture in poor condition.
Kitchen light (dining area) was out.
Kitchen cooking utensils need to be reviewed for the basic items.
Shower heads need to be replaced on main level second bathroom.
No stereo/CD play, not a good thing
We have stayed at BN for the past 12 years. It is a great place and we always enjoy it very much. We have noticed decline in the maintenance of the building.
Left on 01/14/2010 for a stay in January 2010 | harold1809
we had a great time at bear necessities and plan on staying again next year. the only concerns was the dvd player was not working, there was alot of light bulbs burned out inside and out. and would have been nice to have the decks shoveled off made it difficult to get to the hill because of the build up.but these few items did not stop our group from having our best ski weekend at powderhorn and will be back agian next year
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