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Scene: Something Blue

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.

Where to Ski Next: Crystal Mountain, Wash.

One of the Northwest’s biggest ski mountains is determined to become a destination resort. Here’s how.

My timing couldn’t be better. Seven feet of light, dry snow fell on Crystal Mountain earlier in the week. The February storm’s ferocity shut down power to the resort, forcing a midweek closure. Which means the powder is still there, untouched and waiting, when I arrive on a cloud-covered Thursday.

Resort Guide 2014-15

Skiers know what they want in a resort, and that's why we asked more than 12,000 readers to rank their favorites. This is what they said.

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