Instructor Qualifications

Susan Purvis

Crested Butte Outdoors International, LLC, The Mountain Guides Montana, Susan Purvis Author

Whitefish, MT

(970) 596-2999 (Hm)

AIARE Qualifications:

Level 1 Course Leader

Other Qualifications:

Member of Explorer's Club, American Avalanche Association Professional, Wilderness Medical Associates Lead Instructor, Wilderness Medical Society.
Author of debut memoir, GO FIND: My Journey to Find the Lost--And Myself, 2018.
Certified Search Dog Handler 1995-2007.
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Crested Butte Search and Rescue Team Member 1995-2006.
Guest speaker, presenter, and/or instructor with the following organizations:
Keynote: Fresh Coast Film Festival, 2019. Community, Curiosity, Promise.
Boulder Book Store, Author Event. 10/2019
Tattered Cover Book Store, Author Event. 09/2019.
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 avalanche K-9 courses 2007, 2009. Snowqualimie Pass, WA.

4. Hatcher Pass Avalanche and K-9 Instructor, March 2018.

5. Bureau of Indian Affairs Aviation Conference Instructor, March 2018.

6. Day of Dialog, New York City, NY June, 2018


B.A. Geology, University of Montana, 1985.
Author, Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost--And Myself. Memoir: 2018.
The Mountain Guides, Montana Avalanche Lead Instructor. 2018- current.
Montana EMT
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.

Marmot Ambassador.

Wilderness Medical Associates International Course Leader 2000 to current.

American Institute Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Course Leader.

Flathead Avalanche Center Instructor 2015-2018.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Avalanche Instructor, 2016- current.

Selkirk Outdoor Leadership Education (SOLE) Avalanche Instructor, 2016/2017.

Former Ski Patrol at 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.