Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE IS BEAR VALLEY LOCATED?
Bear Valley is located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. The nearest major town is Arnold, with a supermarket, pharmacy, shopping, restaurants and more. Access to world-class golfing, wine-tasting, horse-back riding & more are all within an hours drive of Bear Valley. Regional Map or Local Map
HOW DO I GET TO BEAR VALLEY?
Bear Valley is conveniently located on scenic all-weather Highway 4, regionally located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Access is easy from all areas of Northern California. MapQuest Directions When using MapQuest keep in mind that the mountain is located just up the road from Bear Valley Village on Hwy 207; Continue 2 miles east past the village to reach the mountain.
From the Bay Area -
Take 580 east to 205 east to 120 east to 99 north to 4 east and continue to Bear Valley.
From the Central Valley –
Take 99 north to 4 east and continue to Bear Valley.
- Take 99 south to 12 east to 49 south to 4 east and continue to Bear Valley.
From Lake Tahoe / Reno -
Winter – (Ebbetts Pass closes): Take 80 west, 50 west, or 88 west from the greater Lake Tahoe basin, to 99 south to 4 east and continue to Bear Valley.
Summer – Take 4 west off of 88 at Woodfords and continue to Bear Valley.
You would take a Greyhound Bus or Amtrak Train to Lodi, California. At the bus/train station in Lodi, transfer to a Calaveras Transit Bus to Arnold. Please note that the Calaveras Transit only runs Monday-Friday, non-holiday and only gets you as far as Arnold. Please note, there is no public transportation available between Arnold and Bear Valley . If you are planning to stay in employee housing, please make prior arrangements to be picked up at the Arnold bus stop and taken to your housing location.
There will be several scheduled pick-ups from the Green Tortoise Hostel in San Francisco in early December for our international staff. Please contact Human Resources for more info on our 14/15 J1 Visa program, and specific dates/times – TBD.
HOW DO I GO ABOUT BEING CONSIDERED TO JOIN THE BV EMPLOYEE TEAM?
Once you review open positions, apply on line for an open position, and submit a resume (preferred) is the best way to get started. Candidates who submit applications prior to our annual JOB FAIR (fall date TBD) are invited to pre-scheduled interviews with department managers and supervisors. If you are unable to attend Job Fair, submit a complete online application and be sure to specify which positions you are most interested in and are the best fit for your skill set, background and personality. Your application is reviewed by Human Resources, and then distributed to department managers for review. Each department manager follows up at their discretion and may then be in contact with you to set up a phone, skype or in person interview.
ONCE I GET A JOB OFFER, WHAT OTHER REQUIREMENTS ARE THERE BEFORE I CAN START WORK?
Documents verifying you are legal to work in the US. This can be:
1) A form of identification that establishes both identity and employment eligibility (current U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card, International Passport with appropriate work visa, etc.).
2) A current form of identification that establishes your identity (Driver’s License, School ID, etc) AND a form of identification that establishes your employment eligibility (Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, etc).
3) If you are under the age of 18, you will need to secure a work permit; start with your school admin office.
4) If you are going to be driving a company vehicle, you must provide us with a recent Motor Vehicle Record.
5) Satisfactory results passing a pre-employment drug screening
6) Satisfactory results on a background screening (cash handling positions, instructors/coaches, year-round and seasonal managers)
WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR WHILE WORKING?
Bear Valley will equip you with a uniform appropriate for your position. If you are working in an inside position, we will provide you with T-shirts, a vest and hat. You will need your own appropriate footwear and pants that are appropriately sized and without holes. Outside positions will be outfitted with t-shirts, outerwear (snow pants, a soft shell jacket, outer shell jacket, and beanie) and hat. You will need to provide your own warm, waterproof gloves, lined, waterproof boots with good grip, eye protection (goggles and/or sunglasses), socks, and long underwear. All employees are issued a name tag and are required to wear their name tag while working. If you are working in a position that requires that you ski/snowboard (i.e. – instructors, lift operations, patrol, etc), you must have your own equipment. Employees receive a 25% discount on gear and 50% off Helmets from Reba Sports. We do provide free safety checks for employees required to ski/snowboard as a part of their job, and 50% off repair work in the Repair Shop. All uniform pieces, other than t-shirts and hats, must be returned to your department manager at the end of your employment.
HOW WILL I GET TO WORK?
If you don’t have your own vehicle, or want to save on gas, Bear Valley provides a free employee shuttle that starts in Avery. Check out all of the stops.
HOW COLD DOES IT GET?
December through April is our winter, and even with the California sunshine, it can still be chilly. Temperatures typically range from 10°F (-10°C) to 50°F (10°C).
HOW OFTEN WILL I GET PAID? DOES BEAR VALLEY OFFER DIRECT DEPOSIT?
You will get paid every 2 weeks, on Sundays during the season, or Thursdays in the off-season for year-round employees. Bear Valley does offer direct deposit. You can have your check directly deposited into your bank account, and this option is highly recommended as the nearest banks are in Arnold (25mi/40km away). Just bring a voided check to HR and your check will be deposited within 2 pay periods.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN THE AREA?
Bear Valley is a small alpine village offering restaurants and pubs, a general store, sport shop and snowmobile center. During the winter months, most activities around the village are geared toward snow sports, whether cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Although Bear Valley does not offer up the same nightlife opportunities as Lake Tahoe (like casinos or large nightclubs), Bear Valley’s local population is sure to keep you entertained. Often live music or movie nights in the Village pubs, a monthly book club meets at the local library, and there are often daytime activities happening at the mountain. Within just over an hour’s drive are world-class golf courses, wine tasting, movie theaters, bowling alleys and Indian Casinos. Throughout the season Bear Valley also offers destination trips to places like Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.
IS THERE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE?
There is currently no public transportation available between Arnold and Bear Valley. Bear Valley offers an employee shuttle with stops in Avery, Arnold, Dorrington, Camp Connell and Bear Valley. Calaveras Transit offers public transportation between Arnold and outlying areas like Murphys, Angels Camp and Sonora. If you are an international and plan to purchase a vehicle while you are here, you must have a valid international license.