Posted by: whitetailresort | July 1, 2009

New Whitetail Trail Map

The New Whitetail Resort Trail Map 2010 - Jim Niehues

Our new trail map has been completed and we couldn’t be more happy about it.

This past season with the addition of Sidewinder and the Jib Junction Double we decided there was no better time than now to update our current trail map. The map that we had been using was the original trail map that was designed for the resort back in 1990 before the resort had even opened.

The new map was hand drawn by artist Jim Niehues from Colorado. Jim is very well known throughout the ski industry for his trail map renderings. Jim was the original artist for Whitetail’s first map which we used up until this past season. Jim was chomping at the bit to get a chance to redo the map due to the fact that the first time he painted it the mountain wasn’t even fully in existence yet.

The old map files are no longer able to be found and all we have now are smaller versions of the original high resolution scan. The files have been modified many times over with the addition of Northern Lights in 1994 and then the addition of Sidewinder this past season.

The project to redo the trail map began back in the middle of the season when we took two helicopter rides to photograph the mountain to ship to Colorado for Jim to do the drawing. After Jim received the photos he then sent along a pencil sketch of the mountain for our approval. After we approved the pencil sketch he then painted the rest of the map and sent that along for approval. We finally received the official scan in May. All we have to do now is overlay the trail and lift names over the artwork for the new brochure and base area maps.

I have posted the new map along with the pencil sketch, two aerials that were taken in February and the old map. If you are interested even further in the aerial shots of the mountain click the tab at the top for Whitetail Live and check out the episode that we shot from the sky!

Please comment and let us know what you think of the new map.



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