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Ski Resort Life

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.

Tip Sheet: Pali Face, Arapahoe Basin

Test yourself on Summit County, Colorado’s steepest slope.

»LocationArapahoe Basin, Colo.

»Getting There: The Pali double chair, looker’s right in the base area.

A Rebirth for Burke

After transforming Jay Peak, the resort’s owners turn their sights on its sister-mountain. And again, foreign investors will pick up the tab.

Lovers of Burke Mountain, now Q Burke, can’t be blamed for being a little nervous about the transformation beginning to take place at their home hill.

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