Twenty years ago, Serbian forces encircled Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, initiating one of the most devastating sieges in modern history.
The siege of Stalingrad lasted just over a year. The siege of Leningrad lasted almost 3 years. The siege of Sarajevo lasted almost 4 years and took the lives of an estimated 12,000 people.
Since 1996, Sarajevo has been at peace.
This year, Sarajevo experienced one of its snowiest winters on record. Today, locals pay 40 cents to ski on a 50-meter run in the middle of the city. Today, they ride the surrounding hills from which snipers used to train their guns on the city.
This is urban skiing at its best. This is revival.