I’m not even a downhill skier and I still know James Niehues’ work. Even had a framed print of one of his ski maps in my apartment (Perisher, in Australia, I think?). If you are a skier, you almost certainly know his work. His paintings of ski maps are legendarily detailed, framed and hung above bars in ski towns across the country. Or in any country with skiable slopes. He’s been at it for three decades and has now collected his work into a new book: The Man Behind the Maps: Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues. 292 pages full of color maps Niehues painstakingly researched, photographed, sketched, and painted. The above video is a look at Niehues’ process and why he chose to make this book.


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