AN­GEL FIRE OF­FERS OUT­DOOR GET­AWAY

Tired of spa get­aways? Re­sort has some­thing dif­fer­ent for ad­ven­tur­ous women

Albuquerque Journal - - FRONT PAGE - BY NANCY TIPTON OF THE JOUR­NAL

Women can get out­side their com­fort zone with ad­ven­tures such as fly fish­ing and stand-up pad­dle­board­ing.

Elane Starace said she never pic­tured her­self fly fish­ing or play­ing Pickle-ball. But for a week­end ear­lier this sum­mer there she was, with a group of girl­friends, hav­ing an ad­ven­ture out­side the “girl­friend get­away” box.

“It was so much fun,” she said of the week­end in An­gel Fire where she and some of her girl­friends went fly fish­ing, stand-up pad­dle board­ing, played Pickle-ball, and went hik­ing. “There was wine at the end of the day as well.”

Over the past few years, An­gel Fire has been in­creas­ing non-snow ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able at the moun­tain re­sort lo­cated about a 3-hour drive from Al­bu­querque — in­clud­ing cross-county bik­ing/hik­ing trails, the down­hill bike park and zip lines — and this year has stepped up its fly fish­ing of­fer­ings.

“Kids are back in school and now it’s time for the busy moms who will spend many a week­end at the soc­cer fields or vol­un­teer­ing at their chil­dren’s school to take a mini-break for some ad­ven­tur­ing of their own. An­gel Fire Re­sort is an easy 3-hour drive from Al­bu­querque and a per­fect girl­friend get­away packed with out­door ad­ven­tures. …all cater­ing to women who love to get out­doors and try some­thing new,” said Krysty Ronchetti, pub­lic re­la­tions di­rec­tor for An­gel Fire Re­sort. “It was a great ad­ven­ture, close to home and yet it got us out of our rou­tines,” Starace said of the week­end. “I did some fish­ing grow­ing up and I al­ways kind of wanted to try it. But tak­ing lessons was never some­thing I con­sid­ered.”

She said while every­one in the group was a bit ap­pre­hen­sive as first-time an­glers, the in­struc­tion had them go­ing from strug­gling with waders to cast­ing with con­fi­dence in a short pe­riod of time.

Hawk Ferenczy who heads up the fly fish­ing pro­gram at An­gel Fire, said most women take to fly fish­ing quickly.

“In fact, when we have cou­ples who are try­ing it for the first time to­gether, it’s usu­ally the women who catch the first fish.

Ferenczy said An­gel Fire has a va­ri­ety of op­tions for fly fish­ing, so those who want to try it can choose from a sim­ple four-hour in­tro­duc­tion to cast­ing, fly se­lec­tion, catch­ing and land­ing and safely re­leas­ing a fish or can book a full-day guided trip. Equip­ment is pro­vided.

This is the first year that An­gel Fire has branched out into fly fish­ing trips and Ferenczy says it was a nat­u­ral way to in­tro­duce more of the area to re­sort visi­tors. The ser­vice has at­tracted a va­ri­ety of peo­ple — from girl­friend groups to golfers who want to ex­pand their out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. Trips and lessons will con­tinue through Oc­to­ber. De­tails at an­gelfir­ere­sort.com

Starace said her friends were sur­prised how quickly they be­came pro­fi­cient with the gear and the move­ment of cast­ing. “Hawk makes learn­ing the tech­nique su­per com­fort­able.” she said.

Fly fish­ing is only one of a large menu of ac­tiv­i­ties that can make up a girls’ ad­ven­ture week­end.

The re­sort has an ex­ten­sive trail sys­tem for bik­ing (lessons and rentals avail­able) and hik­ing, zi­pline tours and chair­lift rides and well as disc-golf . There are also ac­tiv­i­ties at Monte Verde Lake such as stand-up pad­dle boards; golf, ten­nis and Pickle-ball courts are close by.

PHO­TOS COURTESY OF AN­GEL FIRE RE­SORT

Stand-up pad­dle board­ing is one ac­tiv­ity that is avail­able at An­gel Fire Re­sort un­til the end of Oc­to­ber. The re­sort has ex­panded their sum­mer of­fer­ings and sug­gests it as a great “girl­friend get­away” lo­ca­tion.

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