LOVELAND, Colo. !-- If you've ever gone skiing at an unfamiliar resort without getting lost, chances are you have James Niehues to thank.
Niehues, 65, is the man behind the trail map. His hand-painted panoramas have been reproduced into millions of pocket-sized maps handed out by ski resorts in North America, Japan, Korea, China, New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Serbia.
"His trail maps are as much a part of the sport as snow," said Greg Ditrinco, executive editor of Ski Magazine.
That's high praise for a fellow whose formal art training consisted of a "learn to draw" mail-order course, taken in ninth grade while home sick from school.
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