Frost Bite

Don’t underestimate the snowmen around Nederland and Eldora. According to local legend, these angry Front Range ice cubes are more bad horror flick than good-natured Frosty. Tales of the Screamin’ Snowman describe a mysterious creature with a Yeti-like shriek that leaves no footprints — just plowed paths leading into the forest. Sure, the stories sound far-fetched, but hunting for this elusive creature is a great excuse for a snowshoe race. The Screamin’ Snowman 5K and 10K Snowshoe Race follows one of the most beautiful courses in Colorado — a wonderful mix of groomed trails, packed single track and exhilarating backcountry — and the only one on the Front Range.

Today’s race starts in two waves — at 9:45 and 9:50 a.m. — at the Nordic Center at Eldora Ski Area, just west of Boulder. For directions and other information, call 303-440-8700 or go to
Sun., Feb. 1, 9:45 a.m., 2009