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Chris Benchetler



  • Couple soggy turns to end a fun week at the coast. Back to the mountains -» 📽: @oltjp
  • Japanuary. I’m coming for ya -» 📷: @christianpondella • @dragonalliance
  • Tried out IGTV. Full #10YearsOfBentchetler edit is live if you missed it on the Tube and care to have a gander 🙏🤙✨ -» 🎥: @tylerjhamlet
  • I’m thankful I started skiing during a time where we had to wait the entire season to see our film and photo shots. A lot was missed or out of focus, but it really made me appreciate the art and satisfaction behind capturing a great moment in time. These pics brought back those feelings. Such an incredible way to relive memorable moments long after they’ve passed. Thank you @tylerjhamlet for continuing to practice that old school mentality -» South Island, NZ • 📷🎞: @tylerjhamlet
  • And then there’s the “think I might actually be able to try an air” moment. Nope. -» Filmed by: @oltjp • North County, SD
  • A classic “think I might get barreled” moment this morning. Nope. One of my best moves. I’m open for pointers... @rob_machado ?? Thanks for the vid @oltjp 😎🤙🎥 -» Oside, Ca.
  • Helluva trip to Canada with a dream crew. Top to bottom lap with some HyperSmooth operating by @austinbsmith on the #hero7black -» Retallack, BC • @smartwool @evo
  • Frosted tips -» Retallack, BC
  • Everybody’s always talking about brown pow, but turns out actual pow is pretty legit too -» Retallack, BC • #hero7black

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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

The Van


  • 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
  • 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

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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.