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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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.  […]

May 30, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Bart Laemmel has a lifetime of experience in the science of building homes and businesses.  Years of seeing buildings fail took him to where he is now- a “forensic carpenter” hired to fix buildings that have moisture, energy, and other problems.  Bart works with builders throughout the Crested Butte and Gunnison area, consulting them on […]

May 24, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Danielle Riesz Gutter leads a sweet life- literally. As the owner and head pastry chef at Wildflour Sweets, her days are spent making the most delicious treats you’ll ever experience. And her wedding cakes- they are as beautiful as they are delectable. In this podcast episode, Danielle describes her lifelong career as a pastry chef, […]

May 21, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Ben Furimsky lives and breathes fly fishing.  From his home in Crested Butte, he organizes several fly fishing conventions from coast to coast.  He’s traveled the world, casting his flies for exotic fish on almost every continent, but he still comes home to his local streams and rivers in the Crested Butte and Gunnison area.  […]

May 16, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Dave Ochs is the executive director of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA), the “oldest mountain bike club on the planet”.  His infectious energy and passion for all things mountain biking are a tremendous asset for our community.  We talk about CBMBA’s plans for this summer, but more importantly their long term goals and […]

May 14, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Mike Arbaney is a Crested Butte fixture. Chances are, you’ve seen him out on the slopes, or out on the trails. At the very least, you’ve probably been in a home or a hotel that he had a hand in engineering. When he isn’t busy at work as a structural engineer, he’s probably taking apart […]