Membership

Big Ridge Mountain Club offers three options for membership: Small ($500 per month), Medium ($1,000 per month), and Large ($1,500 per month).

All of the membership plans have the following in common:

Big Ridge Mountain Club is a non-equity membership club.

The only fees members pay are monthly memberships fees. There aren’t nightly fees or boat fees or firewood fees. Members do not own any real estate. There are no assessments. I share this because that was not my original plan way back when, and to this day, people still ask me if the club is a timeshare, how ownership works, etc. To be clear: It’s a club, people can join the club, membership requires paying membership fees, members can easily cancel their membership.

Members can come as often as they like, provided we have room for them to stay.

People often ask, “So how many nights do I get?” Well, it’s not really set up that way. Membership allows you to reserve dates on the calendar, we limit the reservations you can hold at any one time (by both points and number of reservations, per the above table), but we don’t limit your frequency of visit. So if there is availability next Monday to Thursday, you have some excess reservation capacity, and you want to come on up, just reserve that time and come on up! If the same is true the following week, come on up again! Theoretically, you can repeat that ad infinitum. In practice, however, “large plan” members have reservations on the books two years into the future and “medium plan” members have reservations a year into the future, so lots of dates are already booked—particularly weekends in the very near future. However, mid-week time (especially in the low season) tends to be very available.

Points

Every lodging has an associated amount of “points” per night depending on the season and day of the week. At present low season weeknights are half as many points as high season weekend nights; holidays (e.g. Valentine’s Day weekend, the week of Independence Day, Easter weekend, etc) are half again more points than high season weekend nights. We expect to modify the points structure from time to time.

Each membership plan comes with a different amount of points that members can hold in reservation. Larger plans come with the ability to hold both more points in reservation and the ability to reserve dates that are farther into the future than smaller plans. That means the larger your plan, the more dates you can make sure will be available to you.

Making reservations

Members have access to a calendar showing all the openings, and they simply text our team to make reservations. We send everyone a monthly statement. The calendar is pretty low tech (a shared Google sheet).

Signing up, getting the first visit on the calendar, & the timing of the first payment

New members start making reservations the moment they join, but their membership payments don’t begin until the date of their first visit.

What follows is a description of each of our membership plans.

Small Membership

Small members can reserve dates that are three to ninety days into the future and hold one reservation of up to 2,000 points on the calendar at a time. 2,000 points works out to be a long weekend in the high season in the Spring House, or five nights over a weekend in the low season. Medium and large members can reserve dates much farther into the future, so small members will generally be getting the “excess capacity” nights that those with larger plans have not already reserved.

Medium Membership

Medium members can reserve dates that are three days to one year into the future and hold six reservations of up to 10,000 points on the calendar at a time.

Large Membership

Large members can reserve dates that are three days to two years into the future and hold ten reservations of up to 15,000 points on the calendar at a time.

Important info about the boat
Medium members and large members have access to our great sport boat (a 2012 Moomba Mojo) on nearby Lake Glenville. It’s available for your use from late May to late September. It is not as simple as a pontoon boat and therefore requires an hour-long orientation for the pilot. A member of our team will provide the orientation, so let me know when it’s convenient for you, and we’ll make arrangements to do that when you’re up there.