Snowmass mountain bike victim ID’d as David Duff of Kentucky | AspenTimes.com

Snowmass mountain bike victim ID’d as David Duff of Kentucky

Staff report

The victim of Monday's fatal mountain-bike crash was the owner of an Aspen-area home who once ran a family coal business in Kentucky.

David Duff, 67, of Chavies, Kentucky, died after crashing a mountain bike at Snowmass Ski Area, the Pitkin County Coroner's Office said Tuesday.

"The cause of death was from a neck fracture after a fall from his bike," the Coroner's Office said in a statement. "The manner is accidental."

Officials said Monday that Duff went over a jump on the Valhalla trail and then lost control when he landed on a second jump. Valhalla trail is located on the Elk Camp side of the ski area, which provides lift access to mountain bikers during the summer.

Duff, through a Kentucky-based limited liability company called Water Mtr, has owned a house outside of Aspen on McLain Flats Road since December 2012, according to Pitkin County property records. He paid $15 million for the 8,000-square-foot home, records show.

Duff once owned Pine Branch Coal before selling the company, reported WYMT, an media outlet based in eastern Kentucky.

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Duff was being remembered on social media as a generous man who helped families in eastern Kentucky. Former workers at his coal company referred to him as a "good man" and a "great supporter of the community."

Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle told The Aspen Times on Monday that he believed Duff's death was the first fatality since Snowmass began offering lift-served riding.

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