Great Big Story by Todd Bennett

When you're strapping on your bindings and preparing to hit the slopes, you probably aren't focusing on the artistry that goes into ski maps. But for Jim Niehues, that's life. The ski map artist paints every tree, shadow and mountain peak on trail maps for some of the world's major ski resorts.

A Trail Blazer by Todd Bennett

Before you ever lay your eyes on that spot which says “You Are Here,” a map maker has to get there first ... ideally a map maker with an artist’s touch, like the man our Serena Altschul has been watching at work