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Chris Benchetler



  • Paradise found -» Costa Rica • 📸: @kimmyfasani @dragonalliance
  • Pura Vida -» Costa Rica
  • Headed to Central America for the first time in a while! Hopefully no monkeys run off with Koa -» 🏝🏄‍♂️🐒 • @dakine
  • Thanks for teaching me how to ski pops. Planning to pass on a lot of your wisdom and life lessons to Koa. Miss you everyday. Much love to all the rad dads out there -» 🎥: @tylerjhamlet • #happyfathersday #bentchetler
  • Thank you surfing for all the inspiration over the years. Never thought I’d end up talking with @rob_machado about hydro dynamics and how some of his shapes influenced my ski design -» 📸: @tylerjhamlet • 🙏⚡️🏄‍♂️ #internationalsurfingday
  • Caught myself a Tioga Bear 🎣🐻🤠. Thanks for coming down to hang and the incredible snaps @blattphoto -» The Cliff, Ca.
  • Sharing our love for the high country with Koa. Super mom charging as usual -» Cathedral • 📸: @blattphoto 🤱💪⚡️ • @kimmyfasani @myshellparker
  • Back on the carbon pony. Fun stuff -» Mammoth Bike Park • 📸: @myshellparker • @mammothmountain @dakine
  • Psyched to be back in the high country with good friends -» Tuolumne Meadows, Ca • @myshellparker @blattphoto @kimmyfasani

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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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  • 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.
  • Just got a mega upgrade from @2920sleep. We had some freezing foam issues and a hard time finding low VOC materials until these guys came along. If you’ve struggled for a good van mattress solution hit these guys up. You’ll be psyched! -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca • @2920sleep
  • Testing the baby hammock set up with @reese_the_explorer anticipating our new addition to the family. We used 4 climbing bolts attached to the steel frame -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca.
  • Tune in on @chrisbenchetler ‘s insta story in 10 minutes for a live stream/ walk through of the van with @atomicski -» Snow Basin, Utah.
  • Welcome back winter. Keep it coming! -» @mammothmountain
  • Twiny added to the quiver. Thanks @rob_machado_surfboards -» Malibu, Ca. #gofish

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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.