East Vail Ski Map
East Vail Ski Map

East Vail

If you’re a skier who hasn’t heard of Vail, it might be time to get out from under whatever rock you’ve been hiding behind. But Vail isn’t just the expansive resort, it’s also home to some of the best lift accessible backcountry terrain in the United States. And most of those runs exist in the area termed “East Vail”. The East Vail chutes drop from gates outside Vail Ski Area down to the small town of East Vail. They’re easily accessible from the lift, but as soon as you exit those gates, you’re skiing backcountry terrain that hasn’t been bombed or controlled for avalanches in any way. That means you’re more likely to get fresh tracks, and find powder stashes long after a storm, but you’re also taking risks that you need to be fully prepared for. Anyone skiing the East Vail area needs avalanche rescue gear, the training to know how to use it, and a good idea of the avalanche problem and forecast for any given day. Armed with those tools. East Vail can deliver some of the best turns you’ll ever make.

While James Niehues traditionally paints ski area maps, the East Vail area is so iconic that he did it justice with this ski map. A passion project for Niehues, it depicts the popular runs in the East Vail chutes, as well as the surrounding mountains that skiers can access the area from. Painted in 2020, this map is the perfect memento for anyone who’s taken an incredible run in East Vail.

East Vail Ski Map

East Vail, Colorado

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. 

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East Vail

If you’re a skier who hasn’t heard of Vail, it might be time to get out from under whatever rock you’ve been hiding behind. But Vail isn’t just the expansive resort, it’s also home to some of the best lift accessible backcountry terrain in the United States. And most of those runs exist in the area termed “East Vail”. The East Vail chutes drop from gates outside Vail Ski Area down to the small town of East Vail. They’re easily accessible from the lift, but as soon as you exit those gates, you’re skiing backcountry terrain that hasn’t been bombed or controlled for avalanches in any way. That means you’re more likely to get fresh tracks, and find powder stashes long after a storm, but you’re also taking risks that you need to be fully prepared for. Anyone skiing the East Vail area needs avalanche rescue gear, the training to know how to use it, and a good idea of the avalanche problem and forecast for any given day. Armed with those tools. East Vail can deliver some of the best turns you’ll ever make.

While James Niehues traditionally paints ski area maps, the East Vail area is so iconic that he did it justice with this ski map. A passion project for Niehues, it depicts the popular runs in the East Vail chutes, as well as the surrounding mountains that skiers can access the area from. Painted in 2020, this map is the perfect memento for anyone who’s taken an incredible run in East Vail.

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




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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.