Frosty Oddities

'Tis the season for spam carving, ice fishing, and worshipping frozen corpses. Presenting winter's wildest festivals.

Frozen Dead Guy Days
NEDERLAND, COLORADO, MARCH 4–6
In 1989, Norwegian Bredo Morstoel's body was frozen at a cryonics lab in California, and his sarcophagus ended up propped in the shed of his grandson Trygve Bauge, in the mountain town of Nederland. The city caught wind, a legal battle ensued over the keeping of corpses within city limits, and Morstoel became the strangest of local icons. Now he's the strangest of party inspirations. Since 2002, hordes of the absurdly costumed have raced coffins, thrown frozen fish, paraded around in hearses, and taken pilgrimages to see Bredo, who's still on ice in that shed. nederlandchamber.org

Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza
BRAINERD, MINNESOTA, JANUARY 22
The cannon sounds at noon, and contest fishing officially begins. More than 10,000 people will be huddled around twice as many holes in the ice, trying to land a prize walleye or pike. The top 150 fishermen end up with prizes ranging from new tackle to a new car. Onlookers sample fried cheese nuggets and catch football games in some of the swankier icehouses. icefishing.org

Snowdown
DURANGO, COLORADO, FEBRUARY 2–6
Snowdown is essentially a five-day-long theme party. In the past, Durango has been overrun with pirates, clowns, and flappers. This year it'll be monsters. Official events—of which there are more than 80—include Spam carving and stuffing as many humans as possible into an outhouse. snowdown.org

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