Co-op Individual Member Commitments and Benefits

Current Benefits: As the coop is formed, the board of directors will develop a financial model that serves the interest of the membership, meets US Forest Service guidelines, and operates the mountain and village in a fiscally sustainable way. These proposed benefits are based on existing community owned operations and the unique needs of Bear Valley Resort. To read complete bylaws and disclosures, go to to bottom of this page. 
Individual Commitments: 

 

An initial one time individual investment of $2,500 per share

  • Shares may be purchased in a single payment or in 36 monthly installments of $70 with a $100 down payment. Total cost for installment plan is $2,620. Either way, you start enjoying the benefits immediately!

  • Membership is open to California residents over 18, as long as they purchase a share and stay current with their Annual Member Commitment.

  • You may purchase as many shares as you wish to support the co op. 

An annual membership commitment (AMC) of $300

  • Since annual commitments can be applied to nearly every product and service on the mountain, including season passes, tickets, ski school and food, the annual member commitment does not represent an additional expense for most members. 

  • If you buy a membership share before August 1st of any year, your AMC payment is not required until September 1st of the following year. This AMC payment will then be credited back to you in the form of a Bear Buck card that can be applied to eligible purchases (outlined below) or towards a season pass (which may be used for any eligible purchase throughout the year). If you do not need the benefits or choose to purchase more than one membership as an individual, you are not required to activate the benefits for every share you own by paying the AMC each year, but you will retain the right to vote in co-op elections. 

  • Special Note: For the first year of memberships (purchased through July, 15th of 2014) we are allowing the kids free season passes benefit (13 and under youth). If you have purchased your pass(s) already, the co-op owned resort will be provide you with a credit for that amount usable at the resort for merchandise, food, or services. 

Individual Benefits: 

The most important benefit is that you are now a co-owner of Bear Valley Cooperative! You help to determine the future of your Mountain, Village, and community through your right to vote for board members, attend the annual member meeting, vote on broad issues, and even become a board member yourself!

  • You are an owner in a cooperatively run local business. 

  • You share in the mountain’s net proceeds if/when it would be sold to a third party. 

  • All members have the right to review annual financial reports. 

  • You may participate in the governance of your Bear Valley Co-op. Each member can vote in annual elections for the board of directors and special elections on major issues. You can run to serve on the board. Every member has an equal vote in the control of our mountain with one vote per member not one vote per share.

  • Members are invited to ski and board for free on the Co-op Annual Meeting Day in April.

  • Members will receive a free subscription to the Co-op's newsletter.

  • Members will receive a 15% discount on their season pass with a free Pass Protection Plan. Discount based on price in effect at the time of purchase.

  • Members will be eligible for extended hours of lift operations. Selected days and conditions permitting (imagine fresh morning tracks!). Non-members will be able to purchase this for a fee.

  • Members 70 and wiser get a free season pass if their AMC is current.

  • Members’ children ages 13 and under (as of January 1) get a free season pass. If their AMC is current and children are registered before September 30th deadline.

  • Members who do not purchase a pass can purchase up to 5 weekend/holiday tickets at a 30% discount and unlimited midweek tickets at a 50% discount for themselves.

  • Members will receive 2 “Its My Treat” vouchers. Package includes a free ticket, rental and lesson. Great gifts for friends and then your friends become members!

  • Members will receive a 15% discount on locker rentals, pending availability.

  • Members will have free ski check when offered.

  • Members will receive a 15% discount for mountain services. All food and beverages, rentals, retail shop, lessons, tuning services at BV Mountain.

  • Members receive a 50% discount on preferred parking, space permitting.

  • Members who purchase a share by July 31st, 2014 will have their names added to our Charter Member Plaque displayed prominently in the lodge

Note: All member benefits are fixed for a minimum of five years, and therefore are subject to change by a 50% vote of members in accordance with the bylaws of the Bear Valley Mountain Cooperative. 

* Employee benefits and other special tickets will be determined by the mountain management. 

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Bear Valley Mountain Co-op

P.O. Box 5356

Bear Valley, CA 95223

Email Bear Valley Mountain Co-op: 

                  info@bvmcoop.org