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Chris Benchetler



  • Minarets Silhouette -» Photo: @petermorning
  • I have no self control when it comes to good dessert. That’s why 6 years ago @kimmyfasani and I helped our good friends open up Mimi’s Cookie Bar {Now known as @dessertdorganic Bake Shop} They’ve always had an incredible vision, and are planing to expand to new locations, but ran into a few unexpected costs. That said they’ve just launched a @kickstarter to take the bakery to the next level. Check the link in my bio for more details, and get some tasty treats delivered right to your doorstep -» @dessertdorganic @mimibakescookies
  • What do you get when add uphill freedom + downhill power...? Zero compromise of course. The new @atomicski shift MNC binding is finally out for the world to see. I’ve been lucky enough to see and test these bad boys for a few years now. We finally have a tech binding for hiking, and a genuine Freeride binding for skiing! See my story for more details -» #shifthappens #shiftyourthinking #paradigmshift #bentchetler
  • Come hang this Saturday at 5pm in the village @ Mammoth Sports. There will be art, beer, van walk throughs, and a premiere of ‘Chasing AdVANture’ & ‘Turbo Dojo’ -» Hope to see you there! • @kimmyfasani @thestealthymarmot @_smithmade_ @mammothmountain #chasingadvanture #weloveyoujp #eastsidek9 #goprohero6
  • A fun tranny finder from the days of shooting for ‘After The Sky Falls’ -» Switzerland • 📸: @oskar_enander @smartwool
  • Always on the look out for the white wave -» 📸: @christianpondella • @dakine
  • Into the abyss with @johnjamun -» Japan • #searchforperfection #gopro
  • One step closer to completion. Passed the halfway mark today -» 1.18.18 • Mammoth Grand Prix trophies • #grandprix #mammothstories
  • Here’s a few of the skate decks I’ve been painting for the @mammothmountain Grand Prix in January. I have 10 left, and @skyewalker_art has 15 underway as well. Hope all you dudes and dudettes competing for the big O show dig the trophies 🎨🏆⛷🏂 -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca.

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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


  • #chasingadvanture -» Link in Bio • #goprokarma
  • The build out with @_smithmade_ x @sonicauto • Mural with @chrisbenchetler x @skyewalker_art -» Link to the full edit in profile • #chasingadvanture #gopro
  • Solar maintenance. Follow the link in profile to see the full #chasingadvanture project -» @chrisbenchetler @gopro @goalzero
  • Chasing AdVANture is LIVE on @gopro’s YouTube channel. See the van build out by the legendary @_smithmade_ -» Link in profile 🙏🚐⚡️ #chasingadvanture
  • 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! 🚐🤙

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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.