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Vail Back Bowls Ski Map
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Artwork backstory

Vail Back Bowls in Vail, Colorado

Painted in 1988

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.

Timeless art for your home

Each piece is printed using the highest-quality materials and printing methods:

  • Paper type: 100% acid-free FSC-certified archival paper
  • Paper thickness: 230gsm
  • Printing: Canon 12 color giclee printing

Finishing touches


Our custom black wooden print frames feature a deep, squared profile to showcase Niehues’ timeless work. Frames feature a EV filtering non-glare acrylic front plus acid-free foamcore backing.


  • All prints: 1-1/4" inches wide, 13/16" deep

Available as a large size gallery canvas. Each canvas is hand stretched over an internal frame and comes ready to hang with a pre-installed hanging wire.


The legendary 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.