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Town of Breckenridge Painting
Town of Breckenridge Painting

The Town of Breckenridge

While ski hills are generally the focus of James Niehues’ work, he often branched out and painted more localized scenes that do more to capture the spirit of a place than just presenting a ski map. That’s the case with this 1989 painting of downtown Breckenridge, backdropped by the ski area that he painted for Snow Country Magazine in 1989. His exactingly geographic style is just as evident here as in his maps, every tree on every run in the background is rendered in perfect detail. But in the foreground is the historic downtown of Breckenridge, one of the ski town capitals of the world. You can see the historic businesses and storefronts of the 80s, as well as period-appropriate cars driving the streets.

While, for some viewers, it might feel a little surprising to see Niehues rendered buildings and people in such detail this painting does an incredible job of capturing a special moment in time, an era where anything was possible for skiers in Breckenridge. So, whether you’re a recent transplant to a ski town, or you’ve been living in Breck before it looked like this painting, you’ll appreciate the nostalgia this piece provokes, and the inspiration it drew from a simpler time in skiing.


Town of Breckenridge Painting

Breckenridge Mountain & Street Scene in Breckenridge, Colorado

Painted in 1989 for Snow Country Magazine

Our custom black wooden frames feature a deep, squared profile to showcase Niehues’ timeless work. Frame width ranges from ⅞ to 1 ⅝ inches, dependent upon on print size, and features a non-glare acrylic front plus foamcore backing. 

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The Town of Breckenridge

While ski hills are generally the focus of James Niehues’ work, he often branched out and painted more localized scenes that do more to capture the spirit of a place than just presenting a ski map. That’s the case with this 1989 painting of downtown Breckenridge, backdropped by the ski area that he painted for Snow Country Magazine in 1989. His exactingly geographic style is just as evident here as in his maps, every tree on every run in the background is rendered in perfect detail. But in the foreground is the historic downtown of Breckenridge, one of the ski town capitals of the world. You can see the historic businesses and storefronts of the 80s, as well as period-appropriate cars driving the streets.

While, for some viewers, it might feel a little surprising to see Niehues rendered buildings and people in such detail this painting does an incredible job of capturing a special moment in time, an era where anything was possible for skiers in Breckenridge. So, whether you’re a recent transplant to a ski town, or you’ve been living in Breck before it looked like this painting, you’ll appreciate the nostalgia this piece provokes, and the inspiration it drew from a simpler time in skiing.


"The 'Rembrandt of snow' has published a hefty coffee table book with a collection of nearly all of his hand-painted maps."




Timeless art for your home

Hand-painted maps require the best reproduction process available. Each illustration starts with a high resolution digital scan. It is then printed on museum quality cotton paper using the latest HDR ink-jet technology.

Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues

If you are a skier or snowboarder, there is a good chance James Niehues has been your mountain guide. Throughout his 30 year career he has worked at the  smallest hills and the most expansive resorts in North America.  He has left his mark in South America, Australia, Asia and Europe too.   And even if you have never shared a bottomless powder day with him, he has always been close by.