Ski Map Art

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Big Sky's Big Ski Trail Map

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Ski Trail Maps at an Undisclosed Location
Do you obtain and save your ski trail maps and use them as ski map art? Ski map art is a fairly standard business, most large resorts map design and art is pretty standard, it is when you start to view the maps of smaller resorts do you start to see variance in the style of the ski map art.

Now, I do have phone apps that present ski trail maps but that app will be used in my daydreaming and not used when actually skiing. I wear contact lenses when skiing and the lenses destroy my fine vision. To be quite honest this affects my ability to read a paper map as well, but with cheaters I can do better with the paper map than the phone app map.

The best part of physical ski trail maps is I can hang them up on the wall and there is a personal surface (at a non-disclosed location) festooned with ski map art. Some of these maps come close to the standard style and some clearly do not. Given one of my maps is for a local cross-country ski park and the others are for upper Midwest local and regional resorts I think we can expect some flair in the maps.

At the Windy City Ski and Snowboard Show I attended nearly every resort present had enlarged printed version of their ski trail map and I collected a number of them, the idea is to get them framed and put them on the wall in the lair.

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Big Sky’s Big Ski Trail Map

Why would we see a difference? I suspect the big resorts need to present a standard view of their resort and having a common style makes it easier for customers to relate. I also suspect it is a bigger effort to make maps of larger resorts and therefore more expensive so they settle for the standard style. Somewhat ironically the local resorts may have to go with local artists or shops to make their maps instead of big ones and as a result they get a more local flavor? In the end I just can not say why that would be.

Ski Brule's Ski Map Art!
Ski Brule’s Ski Map Art!
Either way, I collect the ski trail maps of resorts I have skied at or really want to ski at and I put them up for all to see.

I am going to start making the frames for these maps and they will be hung in the “cave”. I have some cedar planks and will use those or perhaps some other material.

Of course, there is other ski art to be had. I hang my used lift passes and display (with sadness) unused pre-season lift tickets. I have a few ski themed beer cans and I have a skier dude Pabst Blue Ribbon sticker.

Do you collect your ski map art or any other ski art?

Good Stuff!

2 Comments on Ski Map Art

  1. It’s certainly an interesting niche subject in the lift-served, snow-fun world. I have trail maps of Aspen’s four mountains, plus Vail, mounted on posterboards, with photos of me and my family on them. They hang near one of the desks in the house. But that’s it as far as my display collection. I also have two photos, including one of me riding down Buttermilk (Aspen) on my snowboard.

    I have noticed that many of the larger resorts employ the same person to create their maps — James Neuhues. I just Googled his name to make sure I had it spelled correctly and guess what, now he has a website: http://www.jamesniehues.com/

    Curiously, the only Midwestern properties in his public portfolio are owned by BOYNE (their capitalization), which is perhaps the most corporate resort operator in the region.

    Boyne Highlands: http://www.jamesniehues.com/portfolio/boyne-highlands-michigan/

    Boyne Mountain: http://www.jamesniehues.com/portfolio/boyne-mississippi/

  2. John,

    Thanks for the confirmation on that hunch, maybe I should now take up art criticism? As I stated in my piece, there is a definite consistent style among many many of the resorts out there, it is when you get to the smaller ones do you see variety. As always, I appreciate you reading and commenting!

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