Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis

USSA Level 200 Certified Coach
PSIA Level III Instructor
PSIA Children Accredited
PSIA Central Division Examiner

Hey all. I have had the privilege of working as a full-time snow sports educator and alpine race coach for the last 24 years. From introducing the resort environment to beginners to helping fellow veteran instructors and race athletes perfect their skills, all aspects of alpine skiing are truly a joy for me to teach. I began skiing at age three at Crystal Mountain, and coming from a "ski family," I was able to spend ample time on the snow while growing up.

I graduated from Mesick High School and was a member of the National Ski Patrol for six years. In the early 90's I lived in the Lake Tahoe area and was a ski instructor at Squaw Valley, USA and Northstar-at-Tahoe. After returning to northern Michigan, I coached with the Leelanau Ski Club at the former Sugarloaf Mountain Resort and then went on to become the lead race coach for the Antrim Ski Academy at Schuss Mountain and Shanty Creek Resort. While there I also worked as the Race Director and Special Events Coordinator, responsible for overseeing the resort's entire race programs as well as the daily public Nastar.

Currently, in addition to being an examiner for PSIA's Central Division education staff and an assistant coach for the NASA CUSSA race team, I am a staff member for Janowiak Race Camps at Copper Mountain, Colorado and Mount Hood, Oregon.

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