April 1, 2012

RIP Knox Frank

The Crown.  Photo: CAIC

This terrible winter has struck another blow, this time super close to home.  We lost Knox Frank in an avalanche outside Silverton, CO on Friday, March 30th.  Knox, 34, was the first in a party of 4 to drop in on a SE facing slope at over 12,000′ around 3:30 PM.  He was caught in the slide at the top of his line; the wet slide was 3′-5′ deep, 550′ across, and travelled over 1900 vertical feet as debris slid almost a mile down the valley.  The 3 other skiers in the party were assisted by a helicopter in the area and Knox’s body was recovered 45 minutes after the slide occurred.  He was buried 7′ under the snow and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Knox was an avid skier and well-known in the Crested Butte community through his bootpack work at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and for CS Irwin.  He will be sorely missed.  This year has been especially hard in Colorado.  Knox was the 7th avalanche fatality in Colorado this year, and the 2nd ski death in a tragic day after a man was killed  almost at the same time outside Silverthorne falling down the Silver Couloir.  Please be careful out there, friends.  Respect the mountains and ski and ride for those who cannot.

Information for this report was gathered from the Durango Herald and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  See the CAIC report.

About the Author

2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.


barb peters says:

so many good memories packing over the past…rip