The Man Who Paints The Trail Maps, James Niehues, Nominated For U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall Of Fame

Niehues Working On Mt. Bachelor - Credit: James Niehues/FB
The man who took the ever-useful trail map and made it a work of art is nominated to be part of this year's class for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

James Niehues, a man who for 30 years has hand-created maps for more than 300 ski resorts from around the world, has been honored with the nomination as part of the "Snowsports Builder" category.

“I’m truly honored and humbled that the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame recognizes my passion for what I do and appreciates the fact that my work is so unique,” Niehues said. “I had no idea that I could make that much of an impression on an entire industry. This whole thing, the nomination and the recent book, it’s just hard to put my gratitude into words.”

Niehues is one of five nominees in the "Snowsports Builder" category. Nominees in this category are people whose work has “had a clear national impact” and are “widely known for their work.” 

The current class of nominees has been voted on, with inductees to be announced later this month. The official induction ceremony will take place at Sun Valley, Idaho in March of 2020. For more information about the voting process, the induction ceremony, and tickets to the ceremony, you can head to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame website.

For more information on the life and work of James Niehues, including the opportunity to purchase his trail-map artwork or his book, The Man Behind The Maps, you can head to his website at


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