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Billy Rankin
Crested Butte
United States

(970) 275-2745
Course Leader, Staff

Billy Rankin has been an outdoor professional since 1992 when he arrived in Crested Butte with his focus on guiding and education. He began with Outward Bound in 1994 and has lead mountaineering, river, sea kayaking, and canyon courses in Colorado, Utah, Mexico, and Alaska. Billy was a forecaster for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center for 10 years. He worked for 10-years on the Crested Butte Professional Ski Patrol and previously worked as the Snow Safety Director for Eleven Snowcat Operation. Billy currently guides backcountry and snowcat skiing in Crested Butte. He is a certified Pro 2 Avalanche Practitioner, a certified A3 & AIARE Avalanche Instructor and works for AIARE teaching Pro 1 and Instructor training courses. Billy currently teaches avalanche courses for Irwin Guides in Crested Butte. Billy is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and is the Owner & Lead Instructor of Intuition Consulting where he teaches wilderness medicine and avalanche education. During the off seasons Billy may be found playing in the Elk Mountains with his wife and two kids Revi & Vasey, boating through the Grand Canyon, or wandering the slickrock desert.