Email: info@cboutdoors.com    Phone: 1-970-596-2999    Crested Butte Outdoors, LLC - PO Box 5533 - Whitefish, MT 59937

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.

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2020 CBO Course Schedule

Crested Butte Outdoors is based in Whitefish, Montana 30 minutes from Glacier National Park. COVID-19 Update. CBO is offering fall course, private public. CBO operates as an instructor-sponsor of Wilderness Medical Associates. 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-based learning.

Wilderness Medicine:  Twenty-two 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.

Stay tuned for our 2021 course schedule

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 we will address: How do you show up as a leader? Who is in charge? Have I carefully selected and reviewed my group and group goals. What if one of our team member has a medical emergency? How will I survive the night?  How do I prevent hypothermia? 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

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