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About Our Courses

MOUNTAIN SKILLZ offers 2 different avalanche safety courses specifically catering to motorized users (snowmobilers and snowbikers).

Each of these courses is designed to relate to your riding and help you make educated decisions on the snow. Matt Entz is a professional member with the American Avalanche Association (AAA) and a certified motorized Level 1 course provider through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). 2020-2021 will be the 10th winter that we have offered our Intro Course and the 4rd winter to offer the Level 1 Course.

Level 1 Course

Level 1 Course

This three-day course is taught based on the AIARE motorized curriculum. You will gain extensive and in-depth knowledge through terminology, professional resources, case studies, instruction, practice, and applying the knowledge to a full day of riding.
Course Outline

Level 1 Refresher Course

Level 1 Refresher Course

$250

Level 2 Avalanche Course

Level 2 Avalanche Course

$550

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Cancellation Policy

We prefer not to cancel any trips, but realize that life happens. Please contact Matt to try and reschedule. All deposits are non-refundable and there are NO cancellations within 7 days of scheduled trip. Prior to 7 days from scheduled trip the cancellation fee is 25% or payment can be used to reschedule for any available dates within 2020-2021 operating season.

Meet Matt Entz

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.

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.” Since 20__, 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!”

Matt Entz is a professional member with the American Avalanche Association (AAA) and a certified motorized Level 1 course provider through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

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!”

Avalanche Safety - Level 1 Course

$450/person • Pre-Season Sale $425 – Sale Ends Oct 31st

This 3 day course is taught based on the AIARE motorized curriculum. You will gain extensive and in-depth knowledge through terminology, professional resources, case studies, instruction, practice, and applying the knowledge to a full day of riding. 

Day 1 is spent in the classroom learning about terrain recognition, different types of avalanches, what causes avalanches, snowpack variation, safe travel practices, resources for information pertaining to weather, snowpack, and avalanche conditions, a couple of case studies, record keeping, and much more. 

Day 2 is split into 2 different sessions. The morning session takes place in the classroom preparing for the afternoon. The afternoon session is all about gear and rescue. These items include-

  • proper gear overview
  • understand your beacon
  • performing a rescue
  • communication and leadership
  • beacon search
  • using a probe
  • strategic shoveling
  • handling an emergency situation
  • group management and communication

Day 3 is dedicated to riding your snowmobile in avalanche terrain and applying everything you learned on days 1 and 2! Everyone will be expected to lead the group demonstrating the skills acquired throughout the course. Students must be on their game as they will be challenged mentally and physically to assure they are relating the information to their riding. Some of the additional items learned and applied throughout the day are-

  • checking/discussing local avalanche forecast
  • daily plan/goals
  • gear check
  • group management
  • make observations
  • measuring slope angle
  • snowpack evaluation, learning about layers
  • stability tests
  • document information
  • perform a rescue
  • safely navigate avalanche terrain
  • communication
  • submit an observation

Your instructor, Matt Entz, is a professional member with the American Avalanche Association (AAA) and a certified motorized Level 1 course provider through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)