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Saving Lives, One Course at a Time

Established in 1998, Crested Butte Outdoors provides Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness First Responder, and AIARE 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 (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: 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

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