Email:    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. 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-based learning.

Wilderness Medicine: Our 2020 course schedule is up. 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.

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 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

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