Want to be an art collector? Do you like skiing or snowboarding? We have exactly what you need.
Legendary ski trail map artist James Niehues presents 10 original works of art to the general public on March 17.
The collection will include early reissues of Niehue from Sun Valley (’93) in 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.
It would be pretty cool to have an original hand-painted Niehues hanging in your house, wouldn’t it?
I don’t think anyone can do better when it comes to ski and snowboard related artwork.
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Acclaimed ski map artist James Niehues set to release original art from Vermont, New Hampshire and Idaho to the public on March 17
Proceeds from Okemo and Sun Valley auctions will go to support the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
DENVER (March 15, 2022) – 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 Vermont resorts, of New Hampshire and 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 in the western United States – as well as partnerships of NFT and other products – resulted in a $120,000 launch campaign in support of Stark Mountain Foundation in favor of Mad River Glen, $70,000 for the benefit of 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 through 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 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 of 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 the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame with proceeds from my original Okemo and Sun Valley paintings” , says James Niehues. “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 skiing history. .”
In addition to the original art, limited-edition large-format canvas prints featuring Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush and Look will also be available at jamesniehues.com.
“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,” said Todd Bennet, co-founder of Open Road Ski. Company. “My co-founder Ben Farrow and I are thrilled to have James inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, and we’re excited to work alongside him to show the organization his appreciation.”
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 jamesniehues.com. 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 latest book, The
Man Behind the Maps – a compilation of over 200 individual piste maps he has painted – is loved by skiers and snowboarders around the world. His book was the best-selling ski book of 2020 and has over 500 five-star reviews.
Open Road Ski Company is an independent outdoor media and publishing company launched in 2018 by two avid skiers, Ben Farrow and Todd Bennett. Their first Kickstarter project, James Niehues: The Man Behind the Maps, became the highest-grossing art illustration project of all time. Last year they raised over $120,000 for the Stark Mountain Foundation in support of Mad River Glen and over $70,000 to benefit the Colorado Snowsports Museum. This year, they raised $20,000 to benefit the National Ability Center.
The mission of the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is to honor and celebrate the athletes, pioneers, and visionaries of the United States who have significantly enriched the world sports of skiing and snowboarding, and to showcase their stories and historical memorabilia at their national museum located at the birthplace of organized skiing in America, Ishpeming, Michigan. The Hall will officially induct Jim Niehue on March 26, 2022 at an induction celebration in Sun Valley, Idaho. Jim is the 447th member appointed to the NATIONAL hall since 1956.