Press Release December 20th, 2018

Skiing Legend James Niehues Launches One of the Most Popular Kickstarter Campaigns of All Time

DENVER, Colo.: A Kickstarter campaign to support the development and publication of a book celebrating legendary trail map artist James Niehues has soared past its original goal by more than 3,000 percent capturing the imagination of more than 2,600 supporters.  It is now the fourth highest-grossing Kickstarter art illustration project of all time. With 13 days to go, it may even reach top art illustration honors.


Launched on Nov. 14, 2018, Kickstarter’s James Niehues: The Man Behind the Map project is raising funds to publish a collectible hardcover coffee table book that will feature nearly 200 resort trail maps and include background on trail map making as well as Niehues’ incredible career.  

The overwhelming response from the Kickstarter campaign has humbled Niehues, who has always dreamed of publishing a collection of his work.

“I can’t believe that I’ve been able to have this kind of impression on a whole field of sport,” Niehues says. “I’ve really been blessed.”

The Kickstarter campaign ends Jan. 2nd, 2019, so potential backers still have time to support the project and have their name - or the names of friends and family - published in the first-edition of this collectable coffee table book, depending on their level of support.

James Niehues in his studio

Caption Photo 1 (Niehues Studio): James Niehues, legendary trail map artist, is humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from over 2,4000 people who have donated to his Kickstarter campaign, which is raising money to publish a book of his work. Photo Credit: Lindsay Pierce Martin


About James Niehues

Colorado artist James Niehues has masterfully illustrated resort maps that have guided and inspired skiers for more than three decades. With his iconic signature marking more than 200 resort maps, almost everyone who has ever put on a pair of skis or strapped into a snowboard has relied on Niehues’ perceptive eye and rich palette to guide us down the mountain.

Few artists can boast that millions of their paintings have been printed and distributed across continents for decades, and fewer individuals have had the impact on skiing and snowboarding that Niehues’ has had. His his work is just as important to the experience as high-speed chairlifts, groomed slopes, and warm lodges. “He’s really become an iconic part of skiing” says Bill Jensen, Partner and CEO of Telluride Ski and Golf Resort


Todd Bennett

Open Road Ski Company