Nov 4, 2021 - Things to Do
Wagner skis show off hand-painted resort maps
VISUAL: Courtesy of Wagner Skis
VISUAL: Courtesy of Wagner Skis

James Niehues hand-painted maps that guided skiers and boarders for more than three decades at popular winter resorts.

Driving the news: Now those works are available on a custom pair of planks made by Colorado-based ski brand Wagner Skis.

Why it matters: The skis are among the most beautiful we've ever seen and a rightful tribute to the Parker resident who is known as "the Rembrandt of snow."

Between the lines: Niehues' tedious work painting the runs, cliffs and trees is captured in a new book, "The Man Behind the Maps."

  • The book — featuring writing from the Colorado Sun's Jason Blevins — includes more than 200 mountain maps he made, and the collection is more impressive than ever in an era of mostly computer-drawn guides.
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