Shane McConkey started the International Free Skiing Association (IFSA) in 1996. The IFSA now has over 1000 members worldwide. Shane was the organization’s founder, president, and an athlete.
“The beauty of freeskiing competitions is that it brings together mogul skiers, racers, aerialists, and other specialized skiing disciplines and allows them to compete, without specific training, but rather on their whole skiing ability. The skiing camaraderie and culture in general experienced at these events is positive and is an inspiration to go out and make this thing work.” – Shane McConkey
Lake Nahuel Haupi and Lago Moreno este. Bariloche, Argentina. Julian Donatelli is a local professional photographer in Bariloche, Argentina who was nice enough to share these photos with Unofficial. His … Read More
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Jim Niehues has been painting ski resort trail maps for 25 years. You know his work. You’ve seen it many times.
Jim’s website shows that he has painted at least 74 ski resort trail maps in the USA and internationally.
Jim’s maps include:
- Alta, Alyeska, Big Sky, Crested Butte, Jackson, Heavenly, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl, Taos, Telluride, Winter Park, Whistler, Kicking Horse, Valle Nevado, Revelstoke, more.
HOW JIM DOES IT:
“Each view is hand painted by brush and airbrush using opaque watercolor to capture the detail and variations of nature’s beauty. Once the project is initiated, reference material, topo maps and aerial photography are gathered to compose the view. A comprehensive sketch is produced of the perspective for the client’s review and approval before rendering the final color. When the final color is approved the illustration is sent to the photo lab for an 8×10 inch transparency. Jim then personally scans the image and makes extensive color corrections using Photoshop, usually delivering 300 meg scans to the client, completing a blend of artistry and technology.” – Jim Niehues’ website