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Vail Back Bowls Ski Map
Vail Back Bowls Ski Map

Vail's Back Bowls

If you’ve only ever skied the front side of Vail, that’s fine, it’s an incredible ski hill, but the back bowls are where the real magic happens. Vail’s back bowls stretch for more than 3000 acres, which means that just this side of the mountain has more skiable terrain than all of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. There are seven bowls, connected by six miles of ridgeline, with thousands of potentially unique runs. The back bowls are full of expert terrain full of untapped potential. The bowls stretch from West to East, spanning from “Sun Down” through “Sun Up,” “Teacup,” “China,” “Siberia,” “Inner Mongolia,” and finally “Outer Mongolia.” Too overwhelmed to try to ski them all in a day? Don’t worry, they’ll be there when you are.

If you’ve ever experienced the magic of Vail’s back bowls on a powder day, you’ll know you’re in for a treat. James Niehues captured their vast expanse in this ski map, and it’s easy to relive your favorite powder laps as you trace each line down it with your finger. Vail isn’t all about the glitzy village, the untapped terrain of the back bowls, and the promise of fresh snow to be found there keeps diehard skiers coming back year after year.

Vail Back Bowls Ski Map

Vail Back Bowls in Vail, Colorado

Painted in 1988

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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Vail's Back Bowls

If you’ve only ever skied the front side of Vail, that’s fine, it’s an incredible ski hill, but the back bowls are where the real magic happens. Vail’s back bowls stretch for more than 3000 acres, which means that just this side of the mountain has more skiable terrain than all of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. There are seven bowls, connected by six miles of ridgeline, with thousands of potentially unique runs. The back bowls are full of expert terrain full of untapped potential. The bowls stretch from West to East, spanning from “Sun Down” through “Sun Up,” “Teacup,” “China,” “Siberia,” “Inner Mongolia,” and finally “Outer Mongolia.” Too overwhelmed to try to ski them all in a day? Don’t worry, they’ll be there when you are.

If you’ve ever experienced the magic of Vail’s back bowls on a powder day, you’ll know you’re in for a treat. James Niehues captured their vast expanse in this ski map, and it’s easy to relive your favorite powder laps as you trace each line down it with your finger. Vail isn’t all about the glitzy village, the untapped terrain of the back bowls, and the promise of fresh snow to be found there keeps diehard skiers coming back year after year.

"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

It is then printed using museum quality reproduction on archival paper using the latest giclee 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.