Resort Map Painter James Niehues on Art and Retirement

Niehues is the artist behind the trail maps for more than 300 ski resorts, including Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
James Niehues was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2019. (Courtesy of James Niehues)

by | Oct 29, 2021 | Culture

Who is the artist whose work you’ve seen the most? If you’re a skier or a snowboarder, there’s a good chance it might be James Niehues. Over the last 30 plus years, he’s painted more than 300 resort trail maps—including Telluride and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Matt Hoisch of KOTO in Telluride spoke to the artist about his career after his recent announcement that he’s retiring from trail map making.

Listen above for the story.

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About Matt Hoisch

Matt Hoisch is the News Reporter for KOTO in Telluride, Colorado. He has experience reporting breaking news, producing and hosting nightly newscasts, producing and hosting live talk shows, and booking and editing two-way interviews.

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