Explore the fascinating, eclectic, and entertaining people and organizations of Crested Butte, CO- and the entire Gunnison Valley through the Crested Butte Is Home podcast. I’ve been honored to sit down with so many amazing people and had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the things they do. One of the questions that I always ask is why my guests still choose to make Crested Butte their home. Commonly, the answer is that Crested Butte is a community that they can’t find anywhere else- indeed, no where else feels like “home”. If you love Crested Butte and the mountain lifestyle, this is the podcast for you.
Better yet- here is just one of the many 5 star reviews from Apple Podcasts:
Great conversations about the community!
Thank you Frank for this great podcast! It feels like I am listening in on a great conversation over a beer/coffee!
My wife and I are currently one year out from our move to CB! This podcast has helped us get to know about the many amazing aspects of this valley! I love that most of your guests said the reason they call CB home is the “community”. It has made us feel more comfortable with our move and very excited to officially call CB home in the (not near enough) future!
Crested Butte is Home Podcast Episodes
Ep. 70 Morgan and Caleb Weinberg | ROMP Skis
March 14, 2022 by Frank Konsella
If you spend any time skiing Crested Butte Mountain Resort at all, you've almost certainly seen ROMP skis, and probably a lot of them, in the lift lines. Brothers Morgan and Caleb Weinberg grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire doing all the things we love to do here in the Gunnison valley, like […]
Ep. 69 Aaron Blunck | 2X Olympic Halfpipe, Gold Medal X Games
January 27, 2021 by Frank Konsella
Aaron was always into jumps and he pretty quickly started to excel at it, especially in the halfpipe discipline. Before he knew it he was competing in the X Games and Olympics before he'd even gotten out of high school. He went on to win an X Games gold medal, World Championships, and compete in a second Olympics.
Ep. 68 Corey Tibljas | Film Production and Firefighting
January 7, 2021 by Frank Konsella
Another Two Plank event was "Big Air on Elk", which for several years featured skiers towed on snowmobiles launching "big air" right on Elk Avenue in downtown Crested Butte.
Ep. 67 Joe and Shamai Buckel | High Country Wine Making
November 27, 2020 by Frank Konsella
But they found each other and eventually moved to California wine country to learn more about wine making. There, they discovered "warehouse wineries", and decided that they could do the same thing here.
Ep. 66 Lucille Lucas | NYC Art World to a Life of Adventures
November 13, 2020 by Frank Konsella
Another adventure started at the farmhouse she was living at in Northern California- "Come with us to Morocco, and let us buy a VW bus in your name", they said. Give this one a listen to find out where that story ends up.
Ep. 65 Craig Hall | Crested Butte Heliskiing and Flying to Fight Forest Fires
October 28, 2020 by Frank Konsella
A heliskiing company was starting, and Craig was recommended as someone who knew the area. Thus began Craig's career as a heliskiing guide, skiing many of the runs that are popular with today's backcountry skiers. Later, the operation moved to Marble to attract the Aspen market, where his clients included Saudi Sheiks and local drug dealers.
Ep. 64 Jay Prentiss | Mountaineering, Mentoring, and Long-Haul Covid
October 14, 2020 by Frank Konsella
One of those passions is mountaineering, which included a trip to North America's highest peak, Denali. It didn't get off to a particularly auspicious start, with the pilot saying "sorry" seconds before hitting the glacier. Another mountaineering trip was cut short...
Ep. 63 Jake O’Connor | Building a Better Handcycle
September 11, 2020 by Frank Konsella
After all, he could build homes, so how hard could it be to weld a few tubes together to make a bike? Hard, obviously- but those were the beginnings of Reactive Adaptations, his handcycle company
Ep. 62 Stevie Kremer | Worldwide Trailrunning Champion
July 30, 2020 by Frank Konsella
Stevie Kremer was born in Germany, but moved to Connecticut with her family before she was 1 year old. Her life on the CT shore, not far from New York City, was typical- golf, tennis, etc, before heading to Colorado College in Colorado Springs. It was while attending CC that she was introduced to Crested […]
Ep. 58 | Scott Williams Olympic Field Hockey
July 14, 2020 by Frank Konsella
After high school, he went to the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs to further his field hockey goals. He was able to qualify for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and while the team didn't do as well as they hoped, it was still an amazing experience. Scott was even near the bombing that sadly took place that year, an event which he describes in this interview.
Ep. 61 Kyleena Falzone | Secret Stash, Travel, Philanthropy
July 1, 2020 by Frank Konsella
When the time was right, she opened a coffee shop in Western New York, but she was ready for a change and fell in love with Crested Butte and a small restaurant space at the end of Elk Avenue, where she opened the original Secret Stash pizza location.
Ep. 60 Derrick Nehrenberg | Mapping Brains, Mapping Trails
June 17, 2020 by Frank Konsella
He was studying mice and traits within those mice, with an ultimate goal of helping people. But he eventually decided that the best way to help people was actually to help them get outside exercising more often. So he traded academia for the trails, and began mapping trails in Colorado.
Ep. 59 Jenny Stillo | Honduran Olympic Nordic Skier, and Journey of the Camino
June 3, 2020 by Frank Konsella
That's when things got really interesting- Denver TV stations picked up on the story of the Honduran Nordic skier, and the next thing Jenny knew, the Honduran Olympic committee asked her to represent the country at the 1992 winter games in Albertville France.
Ep. 57 Alan Bernholtz | LA Surf Bum – Mountain Guide – Crested Butte Mayor
May 6, 2020 by Frank Konsella
Alan Bernholtz grew up in sunny Los Angeles, California and unsurprisingly took to surfing. Certain aspects of the surf scene didn't appeal to him however, so at 18 he packed up moved to Aspen. But Aspen never felt like the friendly community he was looking for, and a chance visit to Crested Butte convinced Alan […]
Ep. 56 Arvin Ramgoolam | From Miami to Townie Books owner and writer
April 20, 2020 by Frank Konsella
Arvin Ramgoolam was born in Trinidad and Tobago- I was fairly certain that those islands are just off the coast of Venezuela, but it took a Google search to confirm it. From there, he emigrated to Miami and yet somehow, he still found his way to Crested Butte (don't worry, it's a good story that you'll hear).