Crested Butte is Home

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:

02/18/2019
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

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December 3, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Debra is perhaps most well known for her involvement with local animal rescue groups.  She helped keep what is now know as the Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League (GVAWL) going back in the 80's, growing it into the tremendous organization that it is today.  Seeing a need for a foster-care approach to animal rescue, she is now heavily involved with Gunnison Underdog Rescue (GUR).

November 20, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Noah Wight has been the owner of Crested Butte's television station, CBTV10, for many years.  Many people will recognize him from his daily weather forecasts for the Gunnison and Crested Butte area.

November 12, 2019 by Frank Konsella
The tables are turned on this week's episode, with Frank Konsella becoming the interviewee rather than the interviewer.  We start off talking about where I grew up, in the foothills above Golden, CO. Like many of my guests, I grew up ski racing at Winter Park, so when it came time to find a place […]

October 23, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Growing up in the midwest, Stephanie Ballard jokingly described her favorite pastime as "picking tar out of potholes with sticks".  All kidding aside, she actually had a talent for volleyball and went to school in Charleston, South Carolina.  Her dream of being an interior designer...

October 9, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Tanith Martinez grew up at the Orvis Hot Springs between Ridgway and Ouray, Colorado.  On a trip to Alaska, she watched a pilot land a bushplane nearby and decided that's what she wanted to do.  After high school, she immediately started working towards getting her pilot's license at Northwest Colorado Community College.  By the time […]

September 25, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Here in Crested Butte, his adventures are more straightforward and familiar to many of us- as simple as spending time with his family or riding the 401 trail on his mountain bike.  The ability to have an adventure right from his front door is one of the reasons why Eric recently relocated here.

September 11, 2019 by Frank Konsella
In this episode, we talk about all of those accomplishments, followed by what she thought was going to be a move away from skiing.  A series of fortunate events brought her back to competitive skiing in Big Mountain Freeskiing and a life in Crested Butte.

August 28, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Brittany Konsella is one of the Crested Butte area's most accomplished athletes, and I probably could have done multiple episodes with her, rather than jamming it all into one episode.  She's also a big fan of setting goals, and we talk about many of them in this interview.

August 14, 2019 by Frank Konsella
He also began fighting wildfires in Oregon after seeing a help wanted sign.  That led to a career as a firefighter including many years travelling between Breckenridge and Crested Butte for work.  Today, he's one of the first full time paid firefighters at the Crested Butte Fire Department.  He's even volunteered in Honduras to work with firefighters there.

July 31, 2019 by Frank Konsella
But mountain biking remained a passion.  With some knowledge of the printing business, he began publishing Mountain Flyer magazine.  Mountain Flyer covered mountain biking with a rocky mountain based perspective, rather than being based in California or the East coast.  He remains at the helm...

July 3, 2019 by Frank Konsella
If there's one thing I've learned in these 37 (and counting!) podcast episodes, it's that Western Colorado University plays an integral role in life in the Gunnison valley.  Enjoy this episode where Gary and I get to talk about all things Western-

June 19, 2019 by Frank Konsella
With a name like "Deadhead Ed", it should come as no surprise that Ed Boardman is a big fan of the Grateful Dead.  He saw literally 100's of shows when the Grateful Dead were still touring prior to Jerry Garcia's passing.

June 5, 2019 by Frank Konsella
He was also one of the early pioneers of backcountry skiing in the area.  At the time, the gear consisted of leather boots and skinny skis, though he wasn't introduced to the telemark turn until later in his ski career. Speaking of telemark skiing, he won the Al Johnson telemark race, and also started the costume craze by wearing a mailman outfit one year

May 22, 2019 by Frank Konsella
In this episode, Will and I discussed the challenges of journalism in today's digital age.  While large metro newspapers struggle to compete in a sea of media content, smaller papers like the Gunnsion Country Times continue to stay relevant.  After all, no one else is covering local events and politics the way that local papers do.

May 8, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Ciera gets to plan them, which sounds like a ton of fun when you realize that can include everything up to and including unicorn ponies.  Yes, you read that right, and you'll have to listen to find out what that means...