Sketching the Slopes: The Artist Behind Ski Trail Maps

When you’re strapping on your bindings and preparing to hit the slopes, you probably aren’t focusing on the artistry that goes into ski maps. But for Jim Niehues, that’s life. The ski map artist paints every tree, shadow and mountain peak on trail maps for some of the world’s major ski resorts. Thirty years ago, Jim decided to start a career as a ski map artist. Now, nearly 200 maps later, he still loves guiding people down mountains.

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