Painting the ski industry, one trail map at a time

Nov 20, 2019
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.
James Niehues works in his home studio in Parker, Colorado.
Lindsay Pierce Morgan

Do you want to build a ... ropes course?

Jul 9, 2015
Ski resorts are experimenting with warm weather attractions to bring in business.

Unpredictable weather is remaking the ski industry

Mar 12, 2015
While small ski areas struggle, larger ones are finding new ways to make a profit.

Fake snow is a genuine business plan for ski resorts

Jan 29, 2015
"Juneuary" weather forces ski areas to employ a costly option, snowmaking machines.

Northeast ski resorts fire snow guns to start the season

Nov 15, 2013
Newer technology means ski resorts can cover more ground earlier, and stay open longer.

Squaw Valley hopes for boost after early storm

Oct 25, 2012
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.

Ski slope dreams

Jun 1, 2012
Former ski bum Troy Caldwell has been following his dream of opening his own ski resort for years... at any cost.

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Tahoe ski resorts bid for Winter Olympics

May 8, 2012
Squaw Valley hosted the Olympic games back in 1960. The company hopes history repeats itself.

Ski resort unification cut off by landowner

Apr 18, 2012
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.

Colorado corporations buy Tahoe ski resorts

Apr 17, 2012
Companies from Colorado bring jobs and capital to Lake Tahoe's ski industry, but also higher prices and local dissent.