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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

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