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Beetle kill is showing up in ski country's tap and tasting rooms, including at T
Beetle kill is showing up in ski country's tap and tasting rooms, including at The Little Nell, Aspen. | Photo: CHRIS COUNCIL/C2 PHOTOGRAPHY
These Colorado resorts turned millions of acres of diseased pines into something uniquely beautiful.

Who knew a quarter-inch-long beetle could cause so much destruction? The nefarious mountain pine beetle, responsible for infesting roughly 3.4 million acres of lodgepole pines in the Colorado Rockies, has left behind diseased mountainsides nationwide that would collectively cover the state of Connecticut.

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