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Ep. 21 | Andy Eflin Ski Area Founding Family

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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 high school in Gunnison, as Crested Butte students did up until the mid 1990’s.  After spending time at Fort Lewis college in Durango and later running the Sports Stalker ski shop in Steamboat, Andy returned and opened Eflin Sports which he ran along with his father.  Eflin Sports was eventually purchased and renamed Peak Sports- a Vail-owned business with stores in several other mountain towns.  Quite literally, Andy was able to share his thoughts on Crested Butte transitioning from a “mom and pop” ski area to the publicly owned large corporation that is is today under the new Vail ownership.  Another interesting topic is that while Andy grew up in Crested Butte, he has now lived in Gunnison even longer- so what does he think of the relationship between the two towns. Today, Andy can often be found at the Jorgensen Ice Rink in Gunnison, where he works for the city’s parks and recreation department.

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Ep. 21 | Andy Eflin Ski Area Founding Family
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Ep. 21 | Andy Eflin Ski Area Founding Family
Crested Butte is Home Podcast Episode 21: Andy Eflin talks about growing up in Crested Butte in the 60's and 70's, when his dad started the ski area. Later, Andy returned to run Eflin Sports, which was later purchased by Vail, giving Andy a unique insight to the present day ski area ownership.