On Pakistani piste, skiers reclaim former war zone (AP) – 243th Edition

In this Jan. 28, 2011 picture, a boy uses wooden poles for skiing in Malam Jabba, Pakistan. Pakistan's scenic Swat Valley, a former Taliban stronghold, hosts the country's only ski resort — or at least what is left of it. The chairlift and hotel were destroyed, the snow was not the greatest, and the apres-ski was tea and rice. But at least the Taliban were gone and no shots were fired. That made for a good day's skiing in the Swat Valley, 'the Switzerland of Pakistan' until the Taliban moved in and turned the country's only public ski resort into a training and logistics base. (AP Photo/Sebastian Abbot)AP – The chairlift and hotel were destroyed, the snow was not the greatest, and the apres-ski was tea and rice. But at least the Taliban were gone and no shots were fired.

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