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Chris Benchetler

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  • A lot of you friendly rippers wonder where I mount my #bentchetler100 -» Firstly, thank you all for the stoke and support! Means a lot. Secondly, here’s my beta. From pow, to questionable snow (as seen here), to park...I ski -3cm from the center of the ski. That should be +4 from factory on the 180, and +5 on the 188, which should equate to -3. I ride the same mark and ski both sizes equally. Swing weight and edge control feels killer for all those conditions. Hope that helps! Sorry if I’ve missed any personal messages regarding these topics!! Thanks again! Happy shredding 😎✌️ • @atomicski #bentchetler #gopro
  • Powder Poll is open for voting. Some killer nominees per usual. Hit the link in my bio to scroll through the list and pick your top 3 men and women ❄️🤙✨ -» @powdermagazine #linkinbio
  • So damn proud @lonniekkauk !!! Very inspired and thankful for all that you’ve taught me over the years. You’re one of the most driven people I know, and do it for all the right reasons. Thanks for paving the way. So psyched you put this one down!! -» Magic Line 5.14c 🙏⚡️✨
  • Few days off the grid in Central Cali. Good times -» @juneshineco
  • Always a good idea to have some creepy guy with a mustache watch your baby while you climb. Thanks for organizing another killer birthday @kimmyfasani 😘 -» Yosemite Valley, Ca.
  • Crazy to think it’s been 65 years of @mammothmountain openers!! This lovely women to my left met my dad here in 1971, who was working at the mountain (hardly) and skiing as much as possible. They instilled a deep love for these mountains, and am still lucky enough to call Mammoth my home. She thinks I started skiing around 2, so I’m looking at a solid 30 seasons. Can’t wait for Koa to start his journey on these slopes. Thanks for the vision, Dave McCoy. Thanks for the gift of life, mom. Thanks for putting up with me, Kimbo. Woolly’s never said much, but thanks for being you. And thanks for the years of support @mammothmountain ! -» #mammothsopen #mammothstories
  • More fun stuff in the works with @gratefuldead 👨‍🎨💀🥀⚡️ -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca.
  • It doesn’t look quite like this yet, but we’re back on for opening day @mammothmountain. See you Saturday! Stoked to slide around again -» #mammothsopen #gopro
  • Help Ducky go up!! Such a rad project in the works. See all the Kickstarter info on @a_maxhammer ‘s profile. Thanks for the inspiration Max, Amy, & Bob! -» 🦆☝️⚡️ Tomorrow’s the last day!

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GoPro: Chasing AdVANture with Chris Benchetler in 4K

GoPro Ski: Chasing El Niño with Chris Benchetler – Ep. 1 "California’s Comeback"

GoPro Ski: Chasing El Niño with Chris Benchetler - Ep. 2 "It's Always Cloudy in British Columbia"

GoPro Ski: Chasing El Niño with Chris Benchetler - Ep. 3 "The Meltdown"

GoPro Ski: Chasing El Niño with Chris Benchetler - Ep. 4 "The Sierra Trifecta"

GoPro HERO6: This Is the Moment in 4K

GoPro: Japan Snow - The Search for Perfection in 4K

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  • Few days of coastal exploration before winter kicks in! -» Central Cali
  • Going to miss these days in the high country, but getting psyched for some snow -» Tuolumne Meadows, Ca.
  • Pics from this past spring shredding and camping with friends and the fam. Link to a video in bio -» 📸: @acpictures #unexpectedseries
  • Flashback to Koa’s first trip in the marmot. Camping and skiing down in Bishop when he was 6 weeks old. Nice little edit from the #unexpectedseries #gorving -» Link in bio • 📸: @acpictures
  • This van has taken me to some cool places, and introduced me to a lot of inspiring people. Head over to the link on my @chrisbenchetler page profile to learn more about me and my #10yearsofbentchetler skis -» 🎥: @tylerjhamlet • @atomicski
  • ✌️💀🥀⚡️ -» Painted by @chrisbenchetler and @skyewalker_art. Wrapped by @kingston_media_group
  • We’re back in the marmot with a fresh coat. @skyewalker_art and I painted another mural for a project I’m working on with the @gratefuldead. Will share more info soon! Thanks for the killer wrap job @kingston_media_group !! Came out epic. Hope you guys dig the new look!! -» 🙏🏼💀🥀
  • Helluva trip down here, but excited to get back in the marmot. Thanks for providing a good temporary home @britzcampervans -» NZ • 📸: @kylemacvisuals
  • Sailors take warning... Morning views have been unreal over here -» NZ • 📸: @kylemacvisuals @chrisbenchetler @tylerjhamlet @kimmyfasani

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Chris, a California native grew up skiing Mammoth Mountain, which was home to one of the first snowboard parks in the Nation. By virtue of his surroundings and peers he was heavily influenced by snowboarding and art, which seemed to shape him into one of the more stylish skiers out there. Caring more about how a ski turns and glides through the snow, led Chris into designing and developing his own pro model ski with Atomic; The Bent Chetler. “I try to have my ski be an extension of me, and try to look at the mountain as one continuous line, instead of compartmentalizing it into one single cliff or air.”

His art and designs have also made it on other signature pieces for Dakine, Dragon, Reef, and Clif Bar. Including his most recent art endeavor of painting a 70ft mural with Skye Walker, on the side of the EVO store in Seattle, WA. Starting his career competing in slope-style, he shortly after met the film crew Poorboyz Productions, and realized he could ski powder full time. He quickly bailed on the contest scene and started chasing his true passion; deep snow and creativity.

Now Chris is known for traveling the world and skiing in front of a camera. Between creating the GoPro Series ‘Chasing El Nino’ and followed by the series ‘Chasing AdVANture’ plus multiple other edits for GoPro’s channels, he has also played a roll in starting Nimbus Independent, a production company founded in 2008 by Eric Pollard with help from Chris, Pep Fujas and Andy Mahre. In addition, he has been featured in films with Teton Gravity Research, Sweet Grass Productions, Warren Miller, MSP and Poorboyz Productions.

Jokingly tormented during the summer for his passion for surfing and love of climbing, he tries to stay close to home in California as much as possible where he is at peace in the mountains and in striking distance to the sea.

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