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Whiteface Mountain Ski Map
Whiteface Mountain Ski Map

Whiteface Mountain

How did a ski area in New York end up hosting the 1980 Winter Olympics? Well, to understand how Whiteface cemented its Olympic legacy, it’s worth looking at what makes the mountain stand out. For starters, it has the biggest vertical of any ski hill on the East Coast, with over 3,400 feet of vertical drop. That makes for long runs, Whiteface’s longest is 2.1 miles from top to bottom. Combine that with almost 300 acres of skiable terrain, an average of 140 inches of natural snow every year, and a state-of-the-art snowmaking system that covers 99% of the mountain and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with. So it should come as no surprise that Whiteface was a great host for the 1980 Winter Games.

James Niehues captured the magnitude of the mountain in this Whiteface ski map he painted in 2020, making it one of the last ski map paintings Niehues completed before retiring. Sure, it functions well as a map, with each run easily visible, but it’s also a beautiful piece of art, and anyone who loves mountain beauty will appreciate how the alpenglow paints the edges of each ridge and peak in an ethereal light. So if you appreciate Whiteface, you’ll appreciate this beautiful piece of art that functions both as a trail map and wall decoration.

Whiteface Mountain Ski Map

Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, New York

Painted in 2020

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. 

Limited Edition Art Prints are signed and numbered by James Niehues. Only 18 copies are available inspired by the 18 Olympic medals awarded at Whiteface during the 1980 Winter Olympics.

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The Man Behind The Maps Book

Whiteface Mountain

How did a ski area in New York end up hosting the 1980 Winter Olympics? Well, to understand how Whiteface cemented its Olympic legacy, it’s worth looking at what makes the mountain stand out. For starters, it has the biggest vertical of any ski hill on the East Coast, with over 3,400 feet of vertical drop. That makes for long runs, Whiteface’s longest is 2.1 miles from top to bottom. Combine that with almost 300 acres of skiable terrain, an average of 140 inches of natural snow every year, and a state-of-the-art snowmaking system that covers 99% of the mountain and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with. So it should come as no surprise that Whiteface was a great host for the 1980 Winter Games.

James Niehues captured the magnitude of the mountain in this Whiteface ski map he painted in 2020, making it one of the last ski map paintings Niehues completed before retiring. Sure, it functions well as a map, with each run easily visible, but it’s also a beautiful piece of art, and anyone who loves mountain beauty will appreciate how the alpenglow paints the edges of each ridge and peak in an ethereal light. So if you appreciate Whiteface, you’ll appreciate this beautiful piece of art that functions both as a trail map and wall decoration.

"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.