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:

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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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...

April 24, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Recently, Renee went off on her own to start her company Fireweed Ferments, which produces fermented foods such as Sauerkraut and Kimchee.  Fermented foods are all the rage, since they have "good bacteria" for your gut and may help with digestion and possess other benefits.  We discuss the process of making fermented foods, the history of fermented foods, and why she has such a passion about it.

April 10, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Deuce Wynes grew up in the "state of hockey", Minnesota.  Like so many other Minnesota kids, that meant that Deuce began playing hockey at an early age. Deuce didn't end his hockey career there, however, and instead took his talents to Division 1 schools including Illinois-Chicago and Lake Superior State, which was just coming off a national championship season.

March 27, 2019 by Frank Konsella
Turner Petersen is one of those few lucky souls who actually grew up right here in Crested Butte.  While other guests on the podcast can say the same, Turner is the first guest that graduated from the Crested Butte Community School- just last year.

March 13, 2019 by Frank Konsella
If you've ever wondered how lifts are built and take you to all those amazing places on the mountain, you'll want to tune in for this one.  And let's not forget, Crested Butte is due for some new lifts, so what does a guy who's seen a lot of ski lift layouts think Crested Butte should do with their lifts?

February 20, 2019 by Frank Konsella avalanche accident that took place on February 3rd, 2017 outside Gothic, CO.  This was a close call, and Sean discusses the events leading up to the avalanche, what he remembers while he was caught in the avalanche, and the subsequent rescue that took place.  Even if you aren't a backcountry skier, there are lessons to be learned about first aid, search and rescue, and more.

February 6, 2019 by Frank Konsella
In the early days, Ali would barely be open during the winters, but today she stays open thanks to fat bikes.  Fat bikes have caught on in the past few years, and today many visitors come to Crested Butte and spend a day trying them for the first time on a ski vacation- or they come here specifically to fat bike, which was the case for many visitors during last week's annual Fat Bike World Championships.

January 23, 2019 by Frank Konsella
The year was 1993, and the movie was "Soul Sessions and Epic Impressions".  Thus began the career of Murray Wais and his business partner Steve Winter and their fledgling company, Matchstick Productions (MSP).

January 9, 2019 by Frank Konsella
The Elk Mountain Grand Traverse is an even bigger event, drawing competitors from around the world to ski the 40 miles from Crested Butte to Aspen.  Pat pioneered the course, has competed every year (finishing all but one time), and won the event as well.  Not bad for a full-time teacher!

December 26, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Later, while spending time in Europe while his wife pursued her degree, he began paragliding. On any given day when the wind is right, you may very well see Ben or one of his flying friends soaring high above the mountain (there is a take-off near the top of the Monument ski run).

December 12, 2018 by Frank Konsella
Today, Carrie Jo has taken all of those experiences and uses them to help her clients at her Crossfit gym, Synergy Athlete.  As I listened to Carrie Jo, it struck me that she is a great motivator thanks to her life experiences and how she can relate those to goal setting.  Finally, we discuss community, and a terrific non-profit that she supports.

November 28, 2018 by Frank Konsella
During a Grand Traverse Ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, Krista also started to think about making energy gels and energy powdered drinks with maple syrup.  She talks about those products and even lets us in on a product that she hasn't quite released yet.

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.