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post #61 of 74

I'm looking forward to Mr. Nieheus' answers.  Will you be video taping a person-to-person talk, or what?

If so, a written transcript is always helpful (for me anyway).

post #62 of 74
I'd certainly prefer it written. Hate video journalism.
post #63 of 74
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It'll be written. I'll record it for my own sake to transcribe it, but I assume it will be text only.
post #64 of 74
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I'd certainly prefer it written. Hate video journalism.


+10  I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way.

post #65 of 74
I'm sure it's an old farts attitude.
post #66 of 74

No!  Say it isn't so!

post #67 of 74
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I'm not an old fart (even if at 23 I feel like one), but I just am not a big fan of video. I much prefer to read the news instead of watch it. I feel partly that video is too slow of a consumption method. I can read and process things much more efficiently than watching a video report on something. 

post #68 of 74
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I've been obsessed with trail maps since age 5, That was 1971, so I've memorized too many to count. Here are my questions:

 

1. Did you ever meet Hal Shelton or Bill Brown? Did they train you?

 

2. How has map making changed since the Shelton and Brown era? I.e. how much technology do you use? Google maps? Drones? etc...

 

3. Do you personally visit each mountain and at least do an initial sketch "from life" before going to the technology? 

 

4. What is the point of view? It usually seems to be about 1000 feet up and .5 miles away.

 

5. Are you a skier or hiker? Can you ski an area you recently mapped but never previously skied without consulting the map?

 

6. Is there a repository or museum of old maps from the 70s and 80s anywhere?

 

I am going to ask him about Hal Shelton and Bill Brown tomorrow, just was reading through his Facebook feed and found this from earlier this year, thought you'd enjoy it:

 

 

post #69 of 74


Very cool, thanks for the info! Really curious to know if all those old trail maps are archived somewhere. They are really beautiful.

post #70 of 74
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Had a real fun 45 minutes Q&A session with Jim this morning. Working on the article now and hope to have it up sooner than later (it will take some time though, there is a lot to type). 

post #71 of 74
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The article is live: 

 

EpicSki Interview with James Niehues
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The article is live: 

 

EpicSki Interview with James Niehues
By tylrwnzl Posted 1570 views 4 comments

Nice interview!  Definitely covered some topics I haven't read about before.  My favorites are:

 

Do you ski? [asked by @Stranger]

 

Yes! I used to anyway. I really didn't start to ski until I got into the trail map business. I learned to ski in Europe when I was in the Army; I was from Colorado but had never skied before that. I got up in the mountains of Austria and thought I was pretty hot. I got back home and went up on Powder Horn. The easiest way down was real narrow and twisty. I could only traverse and do a quick turn. Finally I just took my skis off and walked down because I was falling all the time. I did eventually learn to ski and I'm a solid intermediate skier. 

 

What do you perceive to be the greatest drawbacks and positive features of each type of map: paper vs electronic maps? [asked by @TexSkier]

 

The trail map is probably the most used and most recognizable piece of information a resort has, it is kinda like their logo. It's theirs, individually theirs. They use it not only as a map, but also on their site and in promotions. The trail map is used sitting in a bar afterwards reminiscing. It's not just getting you down the mountain, it's their outdoor recreational kind of image. I feel a computer image is reminiscent of the office, it's not really showing the outdoors, it doesn't have that feel to it. Sure it can get them down the mountain, but it doesn't have that outdoors feel. I think if a skier had a choice they'd choose mine over digital.  

 

 

 

post #73 of 74

Well done and more interesting than I thought it would be.

post #74 of 74
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What do you perceive to be the greatest drawbacks and positive features of each type of map: paper vs electronic maps? [asked by @TexSkier]

 

The trail map is probably the most used and most recognizable piece of information a resort has, it is kinda like their logo. It's theirs, individually theirs. They use it not only as a map, but also on their site and in promotions. The trail map is used sitting in a bar afterwards reminiscing. It's not just getting you down the mountain, it's their outdoor recreational kind of image. I feel a computer image is reminiscent of the office, it's not really showing the outdoors, it doesn't have that feel to it. Sure it can get them down the mountain, but it doesn't have that outdoors feel. I think if a skier had a choice they'd choose mine over digital.  

 

 

 

 

I'd agree with this 100%.  

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