Susan Purvis

Location Whitefish, MT

Role Guide

Years Guiding 23

About Susan Purvis

Susan Purvis loves to suffer. Her claim to fame is working in the highest, coldest and hottest places on the planet. Her outdoor educational company, Crested Butte Outdoors ( was established in 1998 in Crested Butte, CO where she trained and deployed a search and rescue dog. She spent years working at an urgent care clinic, ski patrolling and ski guiding. Susan’s memoir, Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost—and Myself is a best-selling and award-winning memoir.

Susan is a American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education lead instructor, professional American Avalanche Association and Explorers Club member and Wilderness EMT.



  • Always professional, always personable, always safe, always considerate. They take the time to develop a plan with the client that creates a fun and challenging experience; also, they provide valuable teaching moments along the way. I look forward to using their services again.

    — Greg Cutcher
  • JHMG knows there stuff! My instructors provided a wealth of knowledge for us to learn from and an awesome attitude that kept everyone stoked.

    — John Howland
  • Knowledgable instructors and in a setting that inspires.  I learned a lot during my course and look forward to putting my new knowledge to use exploring on snow in the Tetons and beyond.

    — Ben Weaver
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