New Plans Unveiled for Copper Ranch Health Club | Hailey



After several years of vacancy, the Copper Ranch Health Club at 1950 Woodside Blvd. in Hailey will soon open its doors to a new era.

Tennis professional Mats Wilander and martial arts instructor Hailey Oliver Whitcomb plan to reopen the 40,000 square foot club as a full-service, state-of-the-art gym, training facility and fitness center. community recreation.

The club has three indoor tennis courts which will be used for an expanded tennis program led by Wilander, a former world No. 1 in men’s singles.

According to a press release from the partners, Wilander, a longtime resident of the valley, will bring himself and a team of qualified tennis professionals to serve all ages and abilities on extended tennis programs. .

The club is scheduled to open on November 1 and a grand opening will follow on December 8, featuring a professional tennis demonstration with Wilander, martial arts demonstrations, live music and food.

“Our goal is to make exercise in the South Valley affordable so that more people have access to a quality facility to meet their exercise needs,” says a “club philosophy” statement released by partners .

A $ 2.1 million club-building renovation underway at the facility will include a functional 5,000-square-foot exercise room, Astroturf for indoor sports including soccer and lacrosse, and an indoor “Mind / body” for yoga, Pilates and the aerial arts.

Wilander and Whitcomb will own the business, have overseen the interior design and will spend more than $ 400,000 to outfit the facility, Whitcomb said.

Copper Ranch developer Jeff Smith will retain ownership of the facility. Under an agreement with the Town of Hailey, the completion of the health club will allow Smith to develop additional Copper Ranch condominiums on now vacant land around the facility.

Whitcomb said he and Wilander would run the business and lease from the developer with an option to buy the club within five years.

“As part of our agreement, we have the option of using two adjacent grounds to build a year-round outdoor pool as part of the club within five years,” said Whitcomb.

Whitcomb and Wilander met in 2000 and decided to work together about three years ago.

“Now is the right time for me,” Wilander said. “I have been traveling since the age of 16 for several months a year as a player and then as a commentator. I want to reduce my trips and have always wanted to be part of a tennis club.

Wilander said teaching tennis brings different rewards than winning matches.

“I used to try to find an opponent’s weakness and exploit it. Now I’m trying to find someone’s weakness and help them. It is very enriching.

Wilander’s children started taking Soo Bahk Do classes in Whitcomb at Sawtooth Martial Arts in Hailey several years ago.

“I was really impressed with the way he taught,” Wilander said. “Soo Bahk Do has a disciplinary component, but it is also a question of respect for the art form, for its neighbor and its instructor. As a teacher Oliver has excellent discipline.

Additional health club offerings will include Team Tribe classes (a functional training modality outside of New Zealand), a group exercise room for TRX, Zumba, and other dance and fitness classes. step, and a place for music and fundraising that supports the development of youth athletics in the Wood River Valley.

Basic gym memberships will start at $ 25 per month and include access to the gym, locker rooms and showers, the partners said. Premium memberships will cost $ 74 per month and include access to a functional training room and fitness classes that will be offered weekly at the club.

Tennis subscriptions will be offered on an annual, semi-annual and triennial basis and will include free Wilander clinics (cost to be specified.)

The facility will provide daycare services to fitness members for unlimited $ 20 per month for one child and $ 30 per month for more than one child.

Memberships will be available at special prices to Blaine County School District teachers, first responders, police and sheriff’s office workers.

“We believe that being in good physical shape has many benefits for society, including reducing health care costs, keeping our young people on track, helping young people do better in school, making people happier and, in general, optimizing the health and performance of individuals to improve their overall quality of life. This is why we have embarked on this mission, ”said the partners.



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