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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.

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 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: 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.

Avalanche Courses: Crested Butte Outdoors teaches American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 and Level 2 Recreational Avalanche courses. 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 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

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

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