In a world where Google Maps reigns supreme, there’s still a place where the good old fashioned paper copy remains close to people’s hearts – literally. Right in the chest pocket of their winter jackets, in fact. Yes, we’re talking about the beloved ski resort piste map. You know the ones: the intricately hand painted replicas with minute details of mountain huts, secret tree runs or the snowpark you never knew existed. Well, in a year that has denied many of us the chance to visit our beloved mountains, we’ve stumbled across our new favourite antidote to the absence of the cold alpine air. Legendary ski artist James Niehues’ new book, The Man Behind The Maps, recently arrived in our office and is now available to purchase in the UK.
“Featuring over 200 hand painted resort trail maps, beautifully presented in this iconic coffee table format, Niehues’ book is the culmination of his lifelong work and passion for the mountains”
Featuring over 200 hand-painted resort trail maps, beautifully presented in this iconic coffee table format, Niehues’ book is the culmination of his lifelong work and passion for the mountains. Whether you’ve spent time snowboarding or skiing in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, or Australia, the chances are that you’ve picked up one of his maps from the window of the ticket office before heading out on the mountain.