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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

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

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