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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

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

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