Highland Ranch just down the road?
This is odd for me - when I winterize, the filter absolutely fills up with Pink Stuff. Because when I de-winterize, I unscrew it and dump it out.
There are valves around my filter, that isolate it from the system. I assume they're there to allow me to replace the entire assembly; they're not like the bypass valves on a water heater.
I'm with you - if the filter assembly had ice in it, then something was done incorrectly!
Was the filter in there too? When I winterize, I remove the filter. So if the filter was gone, then that too makes me think someone tried to winterize but screwed it up.