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Ski Map Artist Jim Niehues Is The Picasso of the Piste

Ski Map Artist Jim Niehues Is The Picasso of the Piste

“I just don’t have enough words for it.” The Man Behind the Maps: Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues is now in its fourth printing. The 292-page hardcover contains more than 200 of Niehues’ hand-painted ski trail maps, and sells for $90 on Niehues’ website. He estimates that he’s painted trail maps for 75 percent of the resorts in North America, and a smattering on four other continents. Niehues became the “Monet of the mountain” and the “Norman Rockwell of ski resorts.”How about “Picasso of the Piste?” we asked. “Famous Artist School I think it was called.” Sixty years on, there’s no more famous or influential artist in the ski map world.

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