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Saving Lives, One Course at a Time

Established in 1998, Crested Butte Outdoors provides Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness First Responder, and avalanche courses for all experience levels.
Learn to think critically during emergencies in unconventional settings & give your staff the skills & confidence to manage the unpredictable.
Sign up now for a public or custom course at your location or ours. Susan’s essay has appeared in the New York Times.

Wilderness Medicine: Our 2020 course schedule is up. After 20 years of teaching hundreds of courses around the world, Crested Butte Outdoors is known for its positive, life-changing effects on students and organizations. CBO stands behinds its ability to empower students. We provide an safe environment for individuals to grow, learn to trust, develop leadership and communication skills and problem solve.

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Avalanche Courses: Crested Butte Outdoors teaches American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 and Level 2 Recreational Avalanche courses through THE MOUNTAIN GUIDES–MONTANA. We believe in field base learning and our courses are held at a backcountry yurt run by Great Northern Powder Guides Cat Ski operation, 20 miles north of Whitefish, Montana. We offer mountain decision making and rescue skills, speciality training with avalanche dogs and search dogs.

Adventure, Teamwork, Leadership:  Ready for an outdoor adventure? Here are a few of the questions you should be able to answer: What if I’m in the woods and I break my leg? How will I survive the night?  How do I prevent hypothermia?  I am asked to be in charge of a hiking group and I don’t know what that means? What do I carry, how do I prepare? Take one of our courses and soon you’ll stand confident in your decision-making skills. Our courses offer you a chance to gain experience and take control of your trip, your life, or situation.

CBO Clients

• American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education
• US Marines
• Outward Bound
• United State Forest Service Hotshot Crews
• Mountain Rescue Association (MRA)
• American Mountain Guide Association
• Wranglers at Dude Ranches
• Federal Bureau of Investigation
• Great Northern Powder Guides
• Colorado Mountain College
• Raytheon Antarctic Services
• Professional Ski Patrollers
• Adventure Travel Trade Association
• Reporters and film crews
• Professional Mountaineers
• Watsatch Backcountry Rescue
• Becoming An Outdoor Woman
• Big Sky Search & Rescue
• International Federated Mountain Guides Associations
• University of California Santa Barbara
• United State Forest Service Hotshot Crews
• Avalanche Dog Handlers
• Physicians who forgot what it’s like to practice medicine in the outdoors
• Flathead Avalanche Center
• Girl Scouts of America Employees
• Middle aged Americans who are still looking for something new
• Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
• King County Search Dogs
• Adventure companies working around the world
• Points North Heli-Adventures
• Second Nature Wilderness Program
• Whitefish Review
• Glacier National Park
• Avalanche Educators and Professionals
• School Teachers
• Agnico-Eagle
• Flight medics
• Crested Butte Search and Rescue
• Search Dog Handlers
• Extreme Althletes
• American Mountain Guide Association
• The National Park Service
• Professional Ski Patrol /Nordic Patrol
• United States Geologic Survey
• Grand Canyon Raft Guides
• Physicians who work in remote locations
• Mount Everest Sherpa Guides
• Search and Rescue
• Teton National Park
• Mineral Exploration & Mining Companies
• Native American Tribal Members
• Backpackers and Hikers
• Department of Tobacco, Firearms, and Alcohol
• Whitefish School District
• Ted Turner Enterprises
• Bushwhacker Climbing Club
• Camp counselors
• Division of Wildlife Law Enforcement
• Flathead Valley Community College
• Jackson Hole Search and Rescue Team
• Katabatic Consulting
• College graduates who are postponing the real world career
• Adaptive Sports Center employees
• United States Secret Service
• Professional Photographers
• Tip Top Search and Rescue
• Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation
• Camp Koochiching
• Selkirk Outdoor Leadership & Education (SOLE)
• Nursing students
• Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks
• Kenn Borek Air
• Lake Tahoe Nordic Patrol
• High school students
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AIARE level 1 avalanche class. Northern Whitefish Range, Montana. #avalancheclass Thanks Great Northern Powder Guides with Kenny Gasch Erica ET

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Moving quietly through the mountains as we explore and learn about avalanches and safety. Thanks @GreatNorthernPG for the amazing venue. Greatful to #lifelonglearning #aiare #gofind #jhmtnguides susan_purvis photo

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