Frozen Dead Guy Days

Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland-You Have To Go At Least Once!

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In the hills above Boulder about a 30 minute drive away is a quirky and quaint little town called Nederland. Besides being the home of the Eldora Ski Resort (which I love) it is also the home of a fascinating festival called: Frozen Dead Guy Days.

On a regular day driving up to Nederland you will see hitch hikers, gorgeous scenery, and the occasional deer. When I was little my YMCA would take us there for horseback riding lessons. It’s a great little town slightly overrun with hippies who fled Boulder as it became less hippie.

You’re probably wondering what in the hell is Frozen Dead Guy Days? Well awhile back there was an old gentleman from Sweden who died in Nederland. For some reason he ended up being entombed in a Tuff Shed in Nederland and being preserved with dry ice.

I’m not going to speculate on how the idea of Frozen Dead Guy Days came about but now it’s a huge 3 day festival celebrating Grandpa (that’s what we call him). This year there was a pancake breakfast, hearse parade, a polar plunge, and coffin race.

This year we really lucked out because the weather was stunning! Blue skies everywhere and a view of snowcapped mountains while listening to blue grass music and drinking beer.

This is a great event to go to because it’s super cheap and a lot of fun. I would recommend taking the Nederland (N) bus from the Boulder Bus Depot to Nederland for four dollars one way. They run extra buses that weekend to accommodate the crowds.

The only bummer about Frozen Dead Guy Days this year was that it competed with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Denver which is one of the biggest parades in the country.