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Gabe Taylor, Myself, the Dawoud bros, and the Warnick bros just ventured out on a sick little skin/ shoe mission very close to our homes (Mammoth Lakes), when the question arose… Where the hell have we been the last 5 years? These lines (attached below) have been staring me in the face for quite some time now, but for whatever reason I just pass on by and keep skinning to further less featured faces. Luckily, that wasn’t the case for today. Conditions lined up… Super deep, zero winds, surprisingly stable, and sunny. I’m very stoked we did it. Hope to be back out there soon!

How do we look with frosted tips? Should we join a frat…

Yes please.

A pulled out look at the face.

Send It!! Filmer down time…

Photos by: Chris Benchetler 

Gabe Taylor, Myself, the Dawoud bros, and the Warnick bros just ventured out on a sick little skin/ shoe mission very close to our homes (Mammoth Lakes), when the question arose… Where the hell have we been the last 5 years? These lines (attached below) have been staring me in the face for quite some time now, but for whatever reason I just pass on by and keep skinning to further less featured faces. Luckily, that wasn’t the case for today. Conditions lined up… Super deep, zero winds, surprisingly stable, and sunny. I’m very stoked we did it. Hope to be back out there soon!

How do we look with frosted tips? Should we join a frat…

Yes please.

A pulled out look at the face.

Send It!! Filmer down time…

Photos by: Chris Benchetler 

Sorry for the lack of blog-amunication [add it to the dictionary?]. I am currently in Niseko, Japan with TGR. The trip is unfortunately coming down to the final home stretch… But just to get you up to speed with our panic-stricken decision-making, Japan wasn’t even in the cards until a week before the trip. Crew consists of: Daron Rahlves, Dana Flahr, Myself, Greg Epstein, Dan Gibeau, and Mark Fisher. We were meant to be traveling to Austria, but rising temps and lack of snow detoured us over to Japan. Fortunately I have a connection with Clayton from Black Diamond Tours who welcomed us with open arms, rolled out the red carpet, and introduced us to Panch who helped dial in some epic accommodations at The Green Leaf hotel in Niseko Village. THANK YOU both…

We all met in Tokyo and were hopping on an inner city flight to Sapporo. Easy enough, right?? Think again… The ANA counter girls denyed all of our ski baggage due to un-met “code standards” and over weight luggage. So, we boarded our flights anyways expecting to see our bags days later. Little did we know Greg wasn’t up to “code standards” either… He was pulled from the plane and kept over night for a suspicious hard drive. A lot of arguing, negotiating, and explaining got him on the morning flight to meet us in Sapporo.

From there we jumped in the car and headed for some roadside pillows near the furthest Western Peninsula of Hokkaido. Quite the beautiful scenic coastline, however we once again ran into problems. After three long hours in the car, the road was closed due to potential avalanches. We did manage to ski some turns right by the ocen which was sweet, but the next few days were more of the same tail chasage [pretty sure that should be a word now too]. No solid decision-making took place, just more long drives and little productivity. Eventually we strapped on our skis for a soul shred night session in Grand Hirafu. Followed by a SICK day at Teine in Sapporo where it was steep, deep, and stacked. Other notable moments were when we managed to shatter the van window, eating a lot of sushi/ ramen, and exploring small fishing villages along the coast.

But as we all know, all good things must come to an end… Regardless, it was a sick experience and fun crew. Hope to do it again soon!

Over and out,

Chris Benchetler

Coastal winds, powder turns, and pretty views… Skier: Chris Benchetler – Photographer: Mark Fisher

Kung fu drop! Hai-Ya!!! Skier: Daron “Rapid Racin” Rahlves – Photographer: Mark Fisher

 

Big city livin… Photographer: Mark Fisher

One for the road. Professional street crosser: Chris Benchetler – Photographer: Mark Fisher

The Crew. Photographer: Mark Fisher

Night shred. Huge fan.. Skiers: Crew – Photographer: Mark Fisher

JAPOW! Skier: Chris Benchetler – Photographer: Mark Fisher

Sorry for the lack of blog-amunication [add it to the dictionary?]. I am currently in Niseko, Japan with TGR. The trip is unfortunately coming down to the final home stretch… But just to get you up to speed with our panic-stricken decision-making, Japan wasn’t even in the cards until a week before the trip. Crew consists of: Daron Rahlves, Dana Flahr, Myself, Greg Epstein, Dan Gibeau, and Mark Fisher. We were meant to be traveling to Austria, but rising temps and lack of snow detoured us over to Japan. Fortunately I have a connection with Clayton from Black Diamond Tours who welcomed us with open arms, rolled out the red carpet, and introduced us to Panch who helped dial in some epic accommodations at The Green Leaf hotel in Niseko Village. THANK YOU both…

We all met in Tokyo and were hopping on an inner city flight to Sapporo. Easy enough, right?? Think again… The ANA counter girls denyed all of our ski baggage due to un-met “code standards” and over weight luggage. So, we boarded our flights anyways expecting to see our bags days later. Little did we know Greg wasn’t up to “code standards” either… He was pulled from the plane and kept over night for a suspicious hard drive. A lot of arguing, negotiating, and explaining got him on the morning flight to meet us in Sapporo.

From there we jumped in the car and headed for some roadside pillows near the furthest Western Peninsula of Hokkaido. Quite the beautiful scenic coastline, however we once again ran into problems. After three long hours in the car, the road was closed due to potential avalanches. We did manage to ski some turns right by the ocen which was sweet, but the next few days were more of the same tail chasage [pretty sure that should be a word now too]. No solid decision-making took place, just more long drives and little productivity. Eventually we strapped on our skis for a soul shred night session in Grand Hirafu. Followed by a SICK day at Teine in Sapporo where it was steep, deep, and stacked. Other notable moments were when we managed to shatter the van window, eating a lot of sushi/ ramen, and exploring small fishing villages along the coast.

But as we all know, all good things must come to an end… Regardless, it was a sick experience and fun crew. Hope to do it again soon!

Over and out,

Chris Benchetler

Coastal winds, powder turns, and pretty views… Skier: Chris Benchetler – Photographer: Mark Fisher

Kung fu drop! Hai-Ya!!! Skier: Daron “Rapid Racin” Rahlves – Photographer: Mark Fisher

 

Big city livin… Photographer: Mark Fisher

One for the road. Professional street crosser: Chris Benchetler – Photographer: Mark Fisher

The Crew. Photographer: Mark Fisher

Night shred. Huge fan.. Skiers: Crew – Photographer: Mark Fisher

JAPOW! Skier: Chris Benchetler – Photographer: Mark Fisher

 
Chris Benchetler – Dakine Edit – Courtesy of Nimbus Independent.
 
 
Chris Benchetler – Dakine Edit – Courtesy of Nimbus Independent.
 

It’s official… This is the most fun I’ve ever had in the main park of Mammoth Unbound. Five perfectly manicured jumps. Super fun rail setups. Bonks and good weather. Can’t beat it… If you’re not out here already, I highly suggest coming for a visit. Hope your getting pow/ good skiing where ever you are. Here are some enjoyable pics from Peter Morning.

Settin sail…

Leaving a trail.

Grabbin tail.

Slidin rail.

Just squished a snail.

There’s some more tail.

Time to bail.

These rhymes brought to you by Kevan Carman, Valerie Northover, and Chris Benchetler. We’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your waiter…