If you've gone skiing in the last 30 years, there's a good chance you've used a trail map painted by James Niehues.
Ski resorts are opening today in some parts of California after an early storm dumped several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Today's open at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe is the earliest open in 51 years.
Tahoe ski resorts Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows merged this season. But connecting them physically depends on the unconventional owner of the property between the two resorts.