Rotary launches winter fundraiser Feb. 5 |

Rotary launches winter fundraiser Feb. 5

The Snowmass Village Rotary Club is launching a new fundraiser that incorporates a favorite theme in the community.

The Mammoth Meltdown, inspired by the 2010-11 fossil dig in nearby Ziegler Reservoir, kicks off at 7:15 a.m. Feb. 5. That’s when the club will place a 3-foot-high steel sculpture of “Snowy” the mammoth on an icy pond on the Snowmass Club golf course.

Participants can pay $5 to guess the month, day, hour and minute that Snowy will fall through the ice. Two clocks have been calibrated and attached to Snowy’s base. When the clocks are submerged, they will stop, and that will be the winning time.

The closest guess will win a grand prize of 50 percent of all ticket sales. Second and third place will win donated prizes.

Data about the pond and historical weather data are available on the Mammoth Meltdown website.

Funds raised will support any of Rotary’s ongoing efforts, which include local nonprofits, vocational scholarships and dictionaries for valley students, and international grants.

For more information or to enter a guess, visit

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