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Defrosting Nederland

Magazine article Sunset

Defrosting Nederland

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Celebrate late winter with snowshoeing and a festival

Goofy T-shirts and a race through a snowy obstacle course while carrying a coffin will all be part of the oddball fun at the fourth annual Frozen Dead Guy Days in the old mining town of Nederland, Colorado. The festival is a tribute to Bredo Morstøl, who died in 1989 at the age of 89. He became the resident frozen dead guy-and the stuff of festival legend-when his grandson cryogenically preserved his deceased body under a ton of dry ice and placed him in a shed on the edge of town. Even without the frosty tomb, this quirky town 46 miles northwest of Denver is worth a family outing as winter turns to spring.

Arrive early and banter with the locals at Whistler's Cafe ($; 121 Jefferson St.; 303/258-7871); try the mountain muffin-an English muffin brimming with ham, eggs, and cheese.

Fortified, stop to rent snowshoes ($20) at Guru Sports (20 E. Lakeview Dr.; 303/258-0900), then drive 14 miles north on State 72, turn left on Brainard Lake Road, and park at the winter closure gate at Red Rock trailhead (free; 303/541-2500). There's access to about 30 miles of well-marked trails; families will enjoy the easy Snowshoe Trail, a 5-mile round-trip route that passes Brainard Lake and offers views of the Continental Divide. …

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