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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, January 3 2019 7:59 AM UTC +00:00.

Open Road Ski CompanyBy Open Road Ski Company
First created
Open Road Ski CompanyBy Open Road Ski Company
First created
$246,693
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
2,155
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, January 3 2019 7:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Introduction

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.  Maybe even in your pocket.  

Researching terrain in the Alps
Researching terrain in the Alps

Jim has extensively researched, photographed and illustrated nearly every ski map used in North America over the last three decades.  Nearly 200 in total!   It is because of Jim that trail maps from Aspen to Whistler have the same look and feel.   Ski Magazine regularly ranks the Top 50 resorts in North America.  Jim has hand painted 45 of them.  His tools of choice are a camera, a notepad, a paintbrush and a canvas.  Every painstaking detail - peaks, cliffs, trees and shadows – is painted by hand.  Jim's large and beautiful paintings have helped generations of skiers navigate and capture the unique character of each mountain. He has had more impact on the image and feel of skiing than almost anyone, yet few people know his name.  

This project is a celebration of Jim's life work and his contribution to the ski industry featuring some of the greatest mountain terrain in the world.  His work, built on the foundation of artists that came before him, provides the connective tissue that links together millions of ski memories over the last three decades. 

The Project

The project was born out of Jim's desire to have a definitive catalog of his work and every skier and snowboarder's desire to remember their great ski days.  Whether you have skied one area for your whole life or have travelled the world, you have used Jim's maps.

The coffee table book is the definitive guide to Jim's work.  The book includes background on trail map making, Jim's career, Jim's impact on the industry, and nearly 200 ski resorts - the full catalog of Jim's work.  Its full color, timeless design provides an art book that will look great at your home or your favorite ski cabin.

The art prints are high quality printed reproductions of some of Jim's most popular works.  They are printed in the US with archival inks.

Nearly 200 Ski Resort Maps Painted by Hand   

Jim has hand painted some of the most iconic ski areas in the world.  This book will celebrate his collection.  

Every tree, every slope painted by hand
Every tree, every slope painted by hand

The Team

James Niehues is the man behind the map and the creator of the over 200 ski map paintings featured in the project.  This beautifully designed hardcover coffee table book is a compilation of his life's work.

Jason Blevins is the lead writer and has over 20 years experience covering skiing and outdoor adventure sports.  He is a founder of the Colorado Sun, a journalist-owned news outlet based in Denver.  

Cory Grosser + Associates are the lead designers.   Cory is a former ski racer and heads a multi-disciplinary, boutique design agency based in Pasadena California. His studio work includes; architectural design, furniture and product design, design strategy and creative direction.

Jared Greenbaum is an experienced marketer and strategist with a background in entertainment, nonprofits, and higher education. 

Lindsay Pierce Martin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker  and photographer based in Denver, Colorado. 

Meghan Lyden is an Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winning multimedia editor and producer based in Denver, Colorado.

Todd Bennett and Ben Farrow are passionate skiers who are honored to help make Jim's dream a reality.  They are cofounders of the Open Road Ski Company.

Coffee Table Book: Concept Layout Samples

Big Sky Sample Layout
Big Sky Sample Layout
Chapter Break Sample (California)
Chapter Break Sample (California)

Art Prints

Reward levels: $30 Small, $50 Medium, $65 Large

Alta, Big Sky, Breckenridge, Copper, Deer Valley, Jackson, Keystone, Loon, Mammoth, Mount Snow, Okemo, Park City, Snowbird, Squaw, Steamboat, Stratton, Sunday River, Vail, Winter Park or Whistler Blackcomb

Project Timeline

  • April 2018: Jim, Ben and Todd agree to craft a book
  • August 2018:  Project team formed including Jason Blevins (writer) and Cory Grosser + Associates (designer)
  • September 2018:  Interviews and research begins, concept layout begins
  • October 2018: Book outline complete, draft writing begins 
  • November 2018: Kickstarter Campaign
  • December 2018: Visual concept layout complete, final text complete, art prints complete
  • January 2019: Art prints delivered
  • February 2019: First draft of full book layout complete
  • March 2019: Final book delivered to the printer
  • April 2019 - May 2019: Print production and shipping
  • June 2019: Delivery

Featured Stories

Jim was featured in 2017 by the Great Big Story.  Enjoy this short video 

Delivery

All contributors will receive digital updates on the project progress.

For the coffee table book, contributors will receive a form a few days after the campaign closes to identify their name for the book, should the choose to.  Names must be received by the time design is finalized in late January.  We reserve the right to edit or omit any names.  The book is anticipated to ship in June 2019.

For the art prints, contributors will receive a form a few days after the campaign closes to select their prints.  Prints will be shipped in January 2019.

A Few Fan Favorites

Breckenridge 2016
Breckenridge 2016
Vail 1988
Vail 1988
Winter Park 1990
Winter Park 1990
Whistler Blackcomb 1998
Whistler Blackcomb 1998
Keystone 1991
Keystone 1991
Copper 2018
Copper 2018
Big Sky 2014
Big Sky 2014
Okemo 2014
Okemo 2014
Alta 1991
Alta 1991
Steamboat 1988
Steamboat 1988
Sunday River 2002
Sunday River 2002
Snowbird 2006
Snowbird 2006
Mammoth 2008
Mammoth 2008
Deer Valley 2014
Deer Valley 2014
Mount Snow 1990
Mount Snow 1990

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Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is the high cost of printing books. They can be expensive! By successfully funding this project, we will have the final piece in place...a confirmed number of minimum books to make this project a reality.

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