SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Almost two years to the date after the first Ice Age fossil was pulled out of Ziegler Reservoir, the Ice Age Discovery Center is changing its location.
The center opened in March 2011 and houses interactive exhibits and replicas of some of the fossils found at the site, which produced more than 4,800 bones after a bulldozer operator first found a mammoth bone on Oct. 14, 2010.
Now all the items on display in its Snowmass mall location - including the wooden skeletal model of the mammoth "Snowy" - must be moved out by the end of the week to make way for a new tenant, and the discover center will take up residence in the mid-level space formerly occupied by the White Room.
Snowmass Tourism director Susan Hamley said some painting and cleaning needs to be done but the center will reopen in that location by Dec. 13, at the latest. Hamley said the space is slightly "bigger than what we have."
Related Colorado is donating the retail space. The Discovery Center is operated by the "Tusk Force," a team of advisers formed to create a town business plan for the dig and of which Hamley is a member.
Related also temporarily donated the upper mall space to the center when it first opened.
Hamley said it's a positive thing to keep the center open while the Tusk Force works on its other programming goals.
"Hopefully Snowy doesn't fall apart," Hamley said.