Matt Entz

Matt Entz

(head instructor)

Matt has been on snowmobiles for 25 years. Growing up in southern Colorado provided the opportunity to ride and learn in some of the best mountain snowmobiling and conditions in the western United States. Matt’s grandpa and uncle owned and operated a snowmobile dealership in their local area in the 70’s so you can say snowmobiling runs in the blood of the Entz family.

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Matt’s dad introduced him to riding at a very young age and continued to take him riding over the years helping him learn how to work on sleds, ride, and understand being in the mountains. “I’ve always loved spending time in the mountains as well as everything snowmobile related. I have to thank my dad for starting me down this road!”

Buying his first sled in 2001, Matt began riding every chance he had. “I started riding with a great group of locals every weekend throughout the winter. All I could think about during the week was our next ride.” Along the way, opportunities to ride with pro riders came up and Matt knew that is what he wanted to pursue. Chris Burandt, Chris Brown, Dan Gardiner, Jay Quinlan, and Dan Adams were the initial influencial riders Matt looked up to and based his riding style off of. Of course there have been many more along the way with the rise of exposure for freeride mountain snowmobiling.

As snowmobiles and riding styles have progressed, so has the importance of safety and education. “We have capabilities to ride such awesome terrain. I feel it is extremely important for everyone that wants to ride these areas to understand the dangers and be educated and prepared for all situations.” For the last 4 winters, he has been riding professionally representing numerous aftermarket companies and starring in the BOONDOCKERS snowmobiling movie series. Matt also rides with THE CREW. His riding style can best be grouped together and described as ‘technical boondocking’. While best known for riding tight technical tree lines and droping big cliffs, Matt’s true passion in snowmobiling is sharing his SKILLZ and educating other enthusiasts. “Snowmobiling is very unique in that there are so many aspects to enjoy the sport. The opportunity to help and teach others to safely enjoy mountain riding is a blessing and dream come true!”

During the non-winter months, Matt proudly works on a potato and grain farm outside of Monte Vista, Colorado. Family is a very important priority in Matt’s life. “My wife Jesse and our daughters Elly and Ashley have brought a different joy and happiness that I never could have imagined. Jesse has always been very supportive and instrumental in me setting and achieving goals. It’s an honor to have her as a business partner as well. Elly and Ashley will be pitching in on the family business in a few years!”

Mountain Skillz is an equal opportunity service provider operating under a Special Use Permit in the Rio Grande National Forest