ANGEL FIRE OFFERS OUTDOOR GETAWAY
Tired of spa getaways? Resort has something different for adventurous women
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.
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.