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Chris Benchetler



  • Hoping to get back down to the valley to struggle up OW’s and take some whips before winter hits 🤞🙏⚡️ -» Yosemite, Ca.
  • Only a couple more days until ‘Chasing AdVANture’ hits the @gopro YouTube channel • 10.19.17 • Looking forward to sharing the project with all of you 🙏🤙⚡️ -» 🎥: @skichef • @mammothmountain #chasingadvanture #gopro
  • Showing old friends new places -» Tuolumne Meadows, Ca.
  • Forgot how much I love this place -» The Gorge • 📸: @kimmyfasani #rocktoberfest
  • One more massive thanks to everyone that came out to the premiere last night! Including a few of the stars @curtisciszek @iikkabackstrom @rob_machado @skyewalker_art and @_smithmade_ • Looking forward to sharing this journey with the rest of you in less than a week! Final project drops on the @gopro YouTube Thursday • 10.19.17 -» 🙌🤙⚡️🎥: @skichef • 🎶 by: @blattphoto and 🙋‍♂️• @gopro @dragonalliance @reef @dakine
  • Tomorrow’s the day. Come hang @GoPro HQ in Carlsbad, Ca for the premiere of #chasingadvanture. Free food, drinks, and a bunch of swag courtesy of @dakine @dragonalliance @reef and #GoPro -» 🎥👨🏻‍🍳: @skichef • 6-8pm - 5600 Avenida Encinas • All ages welcome. Hope to see you there!! 🤙🌮🍺⚡️
  • Thankful to have this smooth cat as an integral part of #chasingadvanture. Come watch @rob_machado and a long list of other friendly rippers in my latest project premiering Oct 12th @gopro HQ in Carlsbad, Ca. -» 6-8pm • 5600 Avenida Encinas •
  • My signature series with @dakine just dropped if you follow the link in my profile, but long story short...Dakine gave me creative license to throw some of my art on both my pack and mitt. Plus let me choose the Poacher RAS pack, which is both an airbag and a normal pack. Win win... thanks again DK. Stoked on the blend of functionality and art 🙏🤙⚡️ -» Photo: Uncle Pondo • @christianpondella • @dakine @dakine_ski
  • If you live in North County SD, come on down to the @gopro HQ in Carlsbad this Thursday, Oct. 12 @ 6pm. We will be premiering #chasingadvanture, giving @thestealthymarmot van tours, enjoying food and drinks, and hopefully getting you stoked for many more days like this one @mammothmountain -» 🎥👨🏻‍🍳: @skichef • @dragonalliance @reef @_smithmade_ @skyewalker_art #gopro 5600 Avenida Encinas

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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

The Van


  • Back home in the Eastern Sierra. Temps are getting crisp. Thankful for the Espar d2. After the summer off, she still purrs like a kitty 🐱🚐 -» @chrisbenchetler @kimmyfasani
  • If you live in North County SD, come on down to the @gopro HQ in Carlsbad tomorrow! Thursday, Oct. 12 - 6-8pm. We will be premiering #chasingadvanture, giving van tours, enjoying food and drinks, and hopefully getting you stoked for winter! -» @chrisbenchetler @skichef @rob_machado @curtisciszek @iikkabackstrom @dakine @dragonalliance @reef @_smithmade_ @skyewalker_art @sonicauto #gopro Address: 5600 Avenida Encinas
  • Day 3 of painting was rad. We added a bunch of finishing touches and learned a few more killer tricks from @skyewalker_art. Make sure to come by on September 30th at 6pm to see the finished mural, an art gallery, the world premiere of Chasing AdVANture, and a walk through of the VAN! -» @evoseattle • #chasingadvanture
  • Van reflections of the mural collab between @chrisbenchetler and @skyewalker_art. Cruise by @evoseattle if you're in the PNW 🚐🤙⚡️
  • Painting a mural with @skyewalker_art at the @evoseattle store. Come say hello if you're in the area! 🚐🤙
  • Come hang September 30th for an art show and premier of #chasingadvanture with @chrisbenchetler @skyewalker_art @skichef @_smithmade_ -» Saturday, 10/30/17 • 6-9pm @evoseattle
  • Packing up the van for the art show. @_smithmade_ did some incredible work framing @chrisbenchetler & @skyewalker_art art pieces for the @evoseattle show on September 30th. He used the same reclaimed wood that is on the ceiling of the van. Very impressive work Scotty. See you all soon! -» #chasingadvanture
  • Saturday, September 30th at the @evoseattle Store. We are premiering our van project #chasingadVANture along with an art show collaboration between @skyewalker_art and @chrisbenchetler. The original art work seen here will be available along with 16 one of a kind prints framed by @_smithmade_ in the same reclaimed wood mosaics he used on the ceiling of the van. Scotty will be walking people through the marmot. There will be plenty of @goodlifebrewing beer, lots of rad give away's from @reef @dakine and more. Please stop by from 6pm-9pm if you're in the PNW. Proceeds go to @protectourwinters • @theyoungandbrave.  Lastly, Skye and Chris are painting a 70ft mural on the side of the store. Hope to see you there!!! Tag any friends you know in the area! -» @evo • @gopro • @sonicauto • @dakine • @reef • @dragonalliance • @clifbar • @goalzero • @lululemonmen • @skichef • @skyewalker_art • @_smithmade_ • @kimmyfasani • @goodlifebrewing • music by: @blattphoto x @chrisbenchetler
  • Quality time well spent in the mountains for our anniversary -» Bishop, Ca. • ⛈⚡️

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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.