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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

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

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