Crested Butte is Home

Explore the fascinating, eclectic, and entertaining people and organizations of Crested Butte, CO- and the entire Gunnison Valley through my podcast – Crested Butte Is Home. Find out how each of these people impact our tiny community, why Crested Butte is home for them, and how they got here. If you love Crested Butte and the mountain lifestyle, this is the podcast for you.


Crested Butte is Home Podcast Episodes

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November 14, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Andy Eflin was born in Crested Butte the same year the ski area started- 1961. His dad, Dick Eflin, started the resort, along with Fred Rice.  Class sizes were just a bit smaller back then- Andy had only one other kid in his class and eventually he attended school in Gunnison, as Crested Butte students did through the 1990's.

October 31, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Karen Hoskin can be described as a serial entrepreneur, having started a number of businesses over the years.  She is perhaps best known for Montanya Distillers, however, which produces craft rum right here in Crested Butte.  The tasting room, located in the heart of Crested Butte across the street from the post office, has become one of Crested Butte's go-to visits for small plates and a delicious rum cocktail.

October 17, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Johnny Biggers moved to Gunnison to attend Western State College in 1979.  (The college has since been renamed Western Colorado University)  What makes his story unique is that he grew up halfway across the world in Australia, but his love of skiing, along with a magazine article, brought him to the mountains of Colorado.  After […]

October 4, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Ben Pritchett grew up, well, everywhere.  Somehow, he still developed a love of outdoor sports like mountain biking and skiing.  Eventually finding himself in the Gunnison Valley, Ben attended Western State College (now known as Western Colorado University). One day, he decided he should stay home and study rather than go backcountry skiing with his […]

September 19, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Tim Poppe originally hails from Houston Texas, as do so many of our residents and visitors.  After a move to Denver further shaped his love of outdoor sports, Tim was able to relocate to Crested Butte.  Tim is a physical therapist, so on the one hand you hope you’ll never meet him.  If you do […]

September 5, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Maddie Rehn is a rarity in Crested Butte- she grew up in the mountains of Colorado, rather than the midwest or east coast like so many locals here.  Spending time in the Colorado Outdoors gave Maddie a love for our public lands, and now she works to protect that amazing public resource.  78% of Gunnison […]

August 22, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Tim Kugler grew up in Northern Virginia and developed a love for mountains and mountainbiking in college there.  After some time in California and elsewhere, a roadtrip led Tim to Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley. Like so many others that live here, he decided to stay, and now resides in Gunnison.  Tim furthered his […]

August 14, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Barb Peters grew up in 1980’s Crested Butte- a place far different than the Crested Butte of today.  And yet in some ways, it wasn’t that different- the kids of those times grew up as athletes just as many do today.  Because of that, Barb competed in the first US Extreme Skiing Championships and quickly […]

July 30, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Another Midwesterner now calling Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley home, Cooper Ott has been dominating the professional Enduro mountain bike racing circuit for the past couple of years.  Enduro racing requires the stamina to make it up to the top of the trails, but the timing doesn’t really start until the downhill- so in […]

July 13, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Hailing from Pennsylvania, Tara Tafi moved west to study at Colorado State University, and later, Montana State University, eventually putting down roots in Crested Butte.  Today, she works for the state of Colorado, travelling to mines across the western half of the state, developing plans for their reclamation. Colorado is a state born from mining, […]

June 28, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Chances are, you’ve run into Mary Boddington somewhere in Crested Butte.  Perhaps you’ve seen her snowboarding down Crested Butte Mountain Resort, or maybe she’s poured you a drink at her bar, the Talk of The Town. In episode 11, Mary and I talk about her childhood in Colorado Springs, riding horses, skateboarding, and learning how […]

June 25, 2018 by Frank Konsella
What could be better than an episode about beer!  Dave Nornes has been brewing for over twenty years, and his talents have taken him to Crested Butte’s Irwin Brewing company, which opened in early 2017.  We talk about Dave’s start as a brewmaster in Colorado Springs, a brewing hiatus in Rossland, British Columbia, and his […]

June 15, 2018 by Frank Konsella
J.C. Leacock is one of the most well-known landscape photographers in Crested Butte.  With a career that began in 1988, J.C. built a business and a following by capturing some of the most well-known scenes from the Crested Butte area. Learn more about how JC got his start as a professional photographer and the niche […]

June 10, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Steve Banks is an IFMGA mountain guide based right here in Crested Butte, CO.  Steve’s IFMGA certification means he can (and does!) guide across the globe, and he guides all the different disciplines including ski mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, avalanche education, and more.  Learn more about Steve’s childhood growing up in an active outdoors […]

June 4, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Pat Rauch grew up at the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery, between Crested Butte and Gunnison.  We discuss what it was like growing up there, and how things have changed over his lifetime.  Pat’s passion is shed hunting, which is searching for deer and elk antlers for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term.  […]