Instructor Qualifications

Susan Purvis

Crested Butte Outdoors International, LLC

Whitefish, MT

(970) 596-2999 (Hm)

AIARE Qualifications:

Level 1 Course Leader

Other Qualifications:

Certified Search Dog Handler 1995-2007.

Guest speaker and instructor with the following oganizations:
International Snow and Science Workshop (ISSW) Poster session. Whistler, BC, 2008.

Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) Winter Conference 2011, 2012.
1 National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) 2004, 2005.

2. Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, Snowbird, Utah Avalanche K-9 courses 2005, 2007.

3. King Country SAR avlanche K-9 courses 2007, 2009. Snowqualimie Pass, WA.


B.A. Geology, University of Montana, 1985.
Gold Exploration Geologist. 1988-2006.

United States Congressional Recognition, Paying Tribute to Susan Purvis and Tasha, the Avalanche Dog. US House of Representatives. 2003.

Crested Butte Outdoors International, LLC, Owner and Lead Instructor

Author of Go Find: A Journey to Find the Lost--And Myself. (An avalanche dog memoir), Published date 10/2018.

Marmot Ambassador.

Wilderness Medical Associates International Course Leader 2000 to current.

American Institute Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Course Leader. 2015 to current.
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Avalanche Instructor, 2016/17.
Selkirk Outdoor Leadership Education (SOLE) Avalanche Instructor, 2016/2017.

Former Ski Patrol at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Eldora Ski Resort.

Avalanche and Search and Rescue Dog Handler 1995-2005 Crested Butte, CO.

Ski guide, Irwin Lodge, CO.

Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment Team (C-RAD) 1997-2006.

Glacier National Park Volunteer Ranger, Bike and Raft Patrol. 2015-Current.

Glacier Institute Geology Field Instructor. Glacier National Park. 2010-2013.

Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. 1995-Current.
Wilderness First Responder. 1998-Current.