Ski map artist James Niehues set to release original Vermont, New Hampshire and Idaho Resort art to the public on March 17

James Niehues; Image: James Niehues

The inimitable artist responsible for creating intimate depictions of more than 200 ski areas around the world is set to release more than two dozen original works of art from famous resorts in Vermont, New Hampshire and Australia. ‘Idaho for public purchase. This artist, James Niehues, has spent over 35 years creating ski maps that have been an integral part of a day on the mountain like skis, and he’s re-opening his personal vault to feature originals of 10 resorts different. Fans and avid skiers will have the chance to own an original rendering of their favorite resort starting March 17, 2022. All proceeds from the Okemo and Sun Valley sale will go to support the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

The successful sale of Niehues’ previous works featuring stations across the western United States as well as NFTs and other product partnerships – culminated in a $120,000 Kickstarter campaign to support the Stark Mountain Foundation in Mad River Glen, $70,000 for the Colorado Snowsports Museum, and $20,000 for the National Ability Center. Now, as a member of the 2019 Class of Inductees, Niehues now seeks to champion the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame while continuing to honor and celebrate athletes and snow sports pioneers. who have had a significant impact on skiing and snowboarding in America.

Beginning Thursday, March 17 at 9 p.m. EST and ending Sunday, March 27 at 9 p.m. EST, the general public will have the opportunity to purchase original paintings and sketches of the resort town of Sun Valley (’93) in the ‘Idaho; Stowe (’90), Okemo (’90-’99), Bromley (’07), Jay Peak (’00) and Sugarbush (’90, ’94) in Vermont; and, Loon (’89-’11), Bretton Woods (’98), Cranmore (’94-’00) and Waterville Valley (’89-’11) in New Hampshire. With a few iterations spanning decades, those interested can have an original from their favorite station as they remember it best.

“The paintings and sketches in this release are some of the oldest pieces in my collection, and I’m thrilled to be able to help support the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame with proceeds from my original Okemo and Sun paintings. Valley. There are so many icons in the world of skiing and snowboarding who call these mountains their home, many of whom are Hall of Famers, and I’m proud to support their commitment to preserving the history of the ski.

–James Niehues

In addition to the original art, limited edition large-format canvas prints featuring Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush and Look will also be available at

“Open Road Ski Company has been fortunate to work with James on projects ranging from releasing The Man Behind the Maps to curating collections of his original art. My co-founder Ben Farrow and I are thrilled that James be inducted into the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, and we are thrilled to work alongside him to show the organization his appreciation.

– Todd Bennet, co-founder of Open Road Ski Company

Interested collectors are encouraged to act quickly, as these original pieces of ski history will only be available for 10 days. For more information on when and where these originals will be available, and to browse other Niehues artwork available for purchase, please visit Fans can also follow his adventures on Instagram (@jamesniehues), Twitter (@jamesniehues) and Facebook (@jamesniehuesorsc).

For over 30 years, James Niehues maps have been an integral part of the enjoyment of skiers and snowboarders in resorts and mountains around the world. He painted nearly every ski resort in North America, as well as ski maps on four other continents during his inimitable career.

Each card is handcrafted over several months, and many are still in use today. His recent book, The Man Behind the Maps – a compilation of over 200 individual piste maps he painted – is adored by skiers and boarders around the world. His book was the best-selling ski book of 2020 and has over 500 five-star reviews.

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