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. 40 Brittany Konsella | 14er Skiing, Mountain Biking Every Trail, Surviving Severe Injuries
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.
Ep. 39 Randy Felix | Search and Rescue, Firefighting, Rigging Ropes in High Places
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.
Ep. 38 Brian Riepe | MTB Racing and Mountain Flyer Magazine
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...
Ep. 37 Gary Pierson | Western Colorado University
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-
Ep. 36 Deadhead Ed | The Original Grateful Dead Ski Bum
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.
Ep. 35 David Scheefer | Skiing Pioneer
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
Ep. 34 Will Shoemaker | Gunnison Country Times
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.
Ep. 33 Ciera Freson | Ski Racing and Wedding Planning
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...
Ep. 32 Renee “Crash” Newton | Fireweed Fermented Foods
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.
Ep. 31 Deuce Wynes | Life of a Hockey Player
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.
Ep. 30 Turner Petersen | Growing up Crested Buttian
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.
Ep. 29 Ben Morello | Building Ski Lifts and Telemark Skiing
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?
Ep. 28 Sean Crossen | Skiing and Surviving an Avalanche
February 20, 2019 by Frank Konsella
...an 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.
Ep. 27 Ali Fuchs | Fat Biking and Bicycle Heaven
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.
Ep. 26 Murray Wais | Matchstick Productions Ski Films
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).