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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.

Crested Butte Outdoors is based in Whitefish, Montana 30 minutes from Glacier National Park. We operate primarily as an instructor-sponsor of Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) and American Institute for Avalance Research and Education (AIARE) courses. We are seasoned practitioners and expert instructors. We are also patrollers, mountaineers, sailors, skiers, hikers, and, above all, your colleagues in the field. CBO offers practical, hands-on field base learning.

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

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