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Crested Butte Is Home


Explore the fascinating, eclectic, and entertaining people and organizations of Crested Butte, CO- and the entire Gunnison Valley. Find out 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.

Explore the fascinating, eclectic, and entertaining people and organizations of Crested Butte, CO- and the entire Gunnison Valley. Find out 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.


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Explore the fascinating, eclectic, and entertaining people and organizations of Crested Butte, CO- and the entire Gunnison Valley. Find out 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.






Ep. 65 Craig Hall | Crested Butte Heliskiing and Flying to Fight Forest Fires

Craig Hall grew up in the Southeast Colorado town of La Junta, but often visited the Gunnison and Crested Butte area to ski and fish. After graduating with a forestry degree from Colorado State University, Craig headed to Crested Butte to ski. He was part of a small group of skiers that were heading out into the backcountry and started to learn the newly re-discovered telemark turn as the best way to access the mountains surrounding Crested Butte with the gear that was available at the...


Ep. 64 Jay Prentiss | Mountaineering, Mentoring, and Long-haul Covid

Jay Prentiss grew up on the East coast, and like many of the other people I've interviewed, his first visit to the Gunnison Valley was as a freshman at Western Colorado University. Already an outdoor athlete, he's taken advantage of all the Crested Butte area offers- climbing, kayaking, skiing, mountain biking and more. One of those passions is mountaineering, which included a trip to North America's highest peak, Denali. It didn't get off to a particularly auspicious start, with the pilot...


Ep. 63 Jake O'Connor | Building a Better Handcycle

Jake O Connor grew up in Colorado, enjoying the outdoor lifestyle and building houses as he grew older. In his final year at CSU in Fort Collins, Jake suffered a spinal cord injury at a jobsite, but mere months later, he returned and earned his construction management degree. He went on to a successful career, even building a "floating casino" in Kansas City, which we talk about in this episode. Eventually he decided to move to Crested Butte, and not only that, he thought he could improve...


Ep. 62 Stevie Kremer | Trailrunning Champion Across the World

Stevie Kremer was born in Germany, but moved to Connecticut with her family before she was 1 year old. Her life on the CT shore, not far from New York City, was typical- golf, tennis, etc, before heading to Colorado College in Colorado Springs. It was while attending CC that she was introduced to Crested Butte and fell in love with the place, as so many of us do. Once she arrived in Crested Butte after college, she began hiking and realized she could run instead of hiking half the time, so...


Ep. 61 Kyleena Falzone | Secret Stash, Travel, Philanthropy

Kyleena Falzone is originally from Buffalo, New York. From a young age, she knew she wanted to work in the restaurant business, and that only intensified after a visit with relatives in Sicily, Italy, who owned a restaurant there. For several years, Kyleena would work in restaurants from Vail to the Hamptons, learning as much as she could about the business, and spending off seasons pursuing her other love- traveling to far-off locales like India. So far, she's visited roughly 90 countries...


Ep. 60 Derrick Nehrenberg | Mapping Brains, Mapping Trails

Derrick Nehrenberg grew up in 30 different places, although most of them were in the Southeast. After high school, he attended college for a year and sold books in the summer. He was known to drive a bit fast at his summer job, however, and therefore a judge suggested a stint in the military (and yes, it's as good of a story as it sounds). So the military it was- for 5 years. After the military, Derrick went back to college to become a behavioral neuroscientist/geneticist. He was studying...


Ep. 59 Jenny Stillo | Honduran Olympic Nordic Skier, and Journey of the Camino

Jenny Stillo grew up in warm sunny Honduras, playing on the beach and studying in both English and Spanish at the American school. For college, she ended up at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, which was trying to attract more international students at the time. Despite the cold weather and cultural shock, Jenny liked the area and stayed after graduation as so many others do, eventually starting a family and working in Crested Butte. She began nordic skiing and it turned out she was...


Ep. 58 Scott Williams | Olympic Field Hockey

Scott Williams grew up in a number of places, including Reno, Nevada, where he used to ski. But it was when he was in Southern California during the 1984 summer Olympic games that he was introduced to field hockey, a moment that would change his life. Scott took to the sport quickly and was able to train with some of the best Americans in the sport. Field hockey, for those of you who don't know, is perhaps a bit more like soccer with a stick, than it is to ice hockey. After high school, he...


Ep. 57 Alan Bernholtz | LA Surf Bum - Mountain Guide - Crested Butte Mayor

Alan Bernholtz grew up in sunny Los Angeles, California and unsurprisingly took to surfing. Certain aspects of the surf scene didn't appeal to him however, so at 18 he packed up moved to Aspen. But Aspen never felt like the friendly community he was looking for, and a chance visit to Crested Butte convinced Alan to move here. After a few other jobs, Alan eventually began working for Jean Pavillard and Adventures to the Edge guide service. He began guiding on his own in the summer and...


Ep. 56 Arvin Ramgoolam | From Miami to Townie Books owner and writer

Arvin Ramgoolam was born in Trinidad and Tobago- I was fairly certain that those islands are just off the coast of Venezuela, but it took a Google search to confirm it. From there, he emigrated to Miami and yet somehow, he still found his way to Crested Butte (don't worry, it's a good story that you'll hear). An opportunity to open a coffee shop with his then-girlfriend (now wife) Danica led to Rumors Coffee and Tea House. Just a couple of years later, another opportunity arrived and they...


Ep. 55 John Norton | CBMR History and Tourism

Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association Executive Director John Norton grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, where he played the "typical" ball sports like football. At Dartmouth College, he met his future wife, an accomplished and avid skier, so he knew he better learn how if he wanted to stick with her. Today, it's one of his favorite things to do, but he's also a jack-of-all-trades, enjoying kayaking, fishing, mountain biking and everything else we enjoy in Crested Butte. After college, John...


Ep. 54 Andy Sovick | Ski Guidebook Publisher, Family Traveler, Green Builder

Andy Sovick grew up in the foothills West of Fort Collins, CO. He had dreams of becoming a "mountain man" when he was growing up, but instead attended Fort Lewis college in Durango, where he met his wife. After graduation, he decided to walk back to Fort Collins with skis on his back. His wife was offered a job at the old Crested Butte Academy, which is when he found (and fell in love with) Crested Butte. He worked on a number of green building projects. The green homes that he's describing...


Ep. 53 Kent Viles | Making Music and Creating the Dobrato

Kent Viles hails from Muncie, Indiana (amazingly, my second guest from there). He grew up with an ability I've never had- the ability to play musical instruments. Like many of my guests, Kent had a love of skiing and the outdoors despite being far from mountains in the midwest. So when it came time to choose a college, he found Western Colorado University and has been in Gunnison ever since. Kent has been involved with many aspects of the music industry, as former owner of Wildwood Music, a...


Ep. 52 Ian Billick | Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Ian Billick grew up in Kansas, but he was also lucky enough to be exposed to the mountains as well. While pursuing a degree in math and science, he received some great career advice and that led him to a profession that would help him spend time outside. And thanks to that, he found Gothic and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), where he is the executive director. Ian tells a great story about how RMBL started (you'd never guess the KKK was indirectly involved), and talks about...


Ep. 51 Yon Iacchio | Sargents: An Overlooked Destination in the Gunnison Valley

Yon Iacchio grew up on the East Coast like so many other residents of the Gunnison Valley. After a little bit of time at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Yon stayed and skied and climbed up and down the front range- even putting up a new climbing route in Venezuela. Recently, Yon and his wife purchased the Tomichi Creek Trading Post in Sargents. Sargents is located on the West side of Monarch Pass. One of the great things about the Gunnison valley is our access to outdoor recreation...


Ep. 50 Than Acuff | Soccer Coach, Sports Reporter, and the CBAC

Than Acuff grew up on the East coast, skiing and playing soccer before heading West to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He began visiting Crested Butte and like so many of us, knew it was the place for him. As soon as he graduated, he found himself in Crested Butte, working the typical ski bum jobs that so many of us here in Crested Butte started off with. Eventually, however, other opportunities began to present themselves. He was asked to be the soccer coach for the high...


Ep. 49 Ben Breslauer | The Busiest Person in the World?

OK, Ben Breslauer probably isn't the busiest person in the world, but for those of us looking in, it might seem like it. Ben started and continues to run the Crested Butte Burger Company, at the base of the ski area. Additionally, he's the facilities manager for the Club at Crested Butte, with locations in both Mount Crested Butte as well as the golf course in Skyland. For most people, that would be enough. But Ben is also highly involved with local non-profits and public lands committees....


Ep. 48 Danny Hartigan | Skateboarding, Kayaking, Rock and Roll and Roofs

Growing up in Boston, Danny Hartigan developed a love of skateboarding as well as snowboarding. He recalls the early days of snowboarding when he had to take a test to prove he should be allowed to snowboard at "ski" areas. Snowboarding brought him west, to Western Colorado University in Gunnison. He continued to skateboard during the summer and perhaps surprisingly, Colorado is home to a thriving skating scene thanks to parks like the ones found in Crested Butte and Gunnison. It's even...


Ep. 47 Debra Callihan | Saving Animals in the Gunnison Valley

Debra Callihan has deep roots here in the Gunnison Valley. She was born here while her father was at Western Colorado University, which Debra also attended. Even when her husband was Colorado's Lieutenant Governor, they tried to spend as much time as they could here, rather than in Denver. Don't worry- we don't talk about politics too much, though we did discuss it a little bit. Debra is perhaps most well known for her involvement with local animal rescue groups. She helped keep what is now...


Ep. 46 Noah Wight | Crested Butte Television

Noah Wight is my guest on this episode of the Crested Butte is Home podcast. Noah spent some of his youth at the hippy hamlet of Ward, located west of Boulder, Colorado, before moving to the East coast. He eventually made his way back to the University of Colorado and eventually Crested Butte. Noah 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. We talk...