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Chris Benchetler



  • Farewell for now NZed. You were incredible. Off to Australia for a few -» 📸: @kylemacvisuals • @dragonalliance
  • Swipe ➡️ for a little recap of the last couple weeks... This trip has been one for the books. Huge thanks to the uncles, @tylerjhamlet & @kylemacvisuals for dealing with everything that comes along with having a 5 month old on the road. Such a legendary crew and unforgettable journey -» NZ • 🇳🇿🏔🌊🐑🐧🦈🏄‍♂️⛷🏂🧗‍♂️🚵‍♀️👨🏼‍🌾🎥📸✨
  • Helluva view to wake up to. Don’t want this trip to end -» NZ • 📸: @kylemacvisuals @britzcampervans
  • Moments before this picture was taken we saw two Hooker sea lions chase a penguin up the beach and try to eat it. Thanks for still swimming out there with me @kylemacvisuals. That was terrifying but worth it. -» NZ • @tylerjhamlet 🐧❄️🏄‍♂️
  • This trip has far exceeded expectations. Always loved coming here to get a dose of winter in the off season, but sharing it all with the little man has been next level. Much slower pace than we are used to, and a bit more stress at times, but incredibly worthwhile. Excited to see where his journey through life will take him in this world -» NZ • 📸: @kylemacvisuals • @tylerjhamlet @kimmyfasani 🙏✨🏔⛷🏂🏄‍♂️👨🏼‍🌾🐑🇳🇿
  • Back to the coast to continue the vision quest...Hope to actually squeak out of a few before we leave NZed -» 📸: @kylemacvisuals with the @gopro • #gopro
  • Koa and I watching mom @kimmyfasani rip a few pow turns without a baby attached to her -» NZ • 📸: @kylemacvisuals @tylerjhamlet
  • Legendary human right here... It was a real pleasure to see @the_hawea_core in his element. Thankful we got a taste of the NZ farming culture, and were able to learn more about wool -» Hawea, NZ • 📸: @kylemacvisuals 🐑👨🏼‍🌾
  • Evening traffic jam -» NZ • 📸: @kylemacvisuals @smartwool

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Pro Models


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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  • The beach house for a couple days -» New Zealand • @britzcampervans
  • Traded in the marmot for a month in a @britzcampervans down here in New Zealand. Will post some travels until we are back to the states -» 📸: @kylemacvisuals
  • Getting ready for a month in NZ with the family. We’ll be renting an RV for the trip. Curious to see how it compares to the marmot, but guessing we’ll be missing her -» 📸: @forrestjaqua • @juneshineco
  • New stuff in the works with @chrisbenchetler and @skyewalker_art. We painted this bad boy about a month ago to give the marmot a face lift. I’ll keep you posted as things progress -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca. • 📸: @cortmuller
  • Been traveling away from the van for a bit. Can’t wait to get back on the Eastside for more of this -» 📸: @blattphoto
  • More quality camping and skiing on the Eastside with the family -» Tioga, Ca.
  • Base camp -» Bishop, Ca.
  • Hard to beat this time of year in the Sierra. Spring corn shooshing, camping, and climbing with friends -» Bishop, Ca • @chrisbenchetler @kimmyfasani @tylerjhamlet @acpictures @brodyleven @matty.raw @gopro
  • Newest addition to the family and the marmot, Koa John. We bolted a plate to the existing bench seat hole patterns, attached seat belt connectors via climbing bolts, and padded each side of the plate with a recycled Yoga matt. Easily removable via the 4 bolts once we are at our camping destinations.

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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.