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Chris Benchetler



  • Currently at a @protectourwinters seminar in Yosemite Valley. Thankful for all the hard work and effort these guys put into helping this planet 🙏🏻🌎❄️ -» Mammoth Backcountry • 🎥: @tylerjhamlet
  • Had a few messages inquiring about the original piece we painted for the new vinyl wrap on @thestealthymarmot. We used spray paint, paint pens, and a little acrylic brush on a 4’x8’ sheet of ply. One of my favorite collab’s with @skyewalker_art yet!! Appreciate all the kind words and stoke everyone 🙏✌️💀🥀⚡️ -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca • pic: @cortmuller
  • Couple days of dome hopping in intense winds and cold temps. Thanks for another epic journey through the high country @_smithmade_ 🙏⚡️✨ -» Tuolumne • @gopro #gopro
  • In her natural environment. Still psyching on the marmot’s new look ⚡️💀🥀 -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca. • @thestealthymarmot  #gratefuldeadart
  • Spiritual synchronicity with @emilyaharrington -» The Cliff • ✨🗿✨
  • Back home on the East side loving every minute -» The Cliff
  • 7 years of marriage with this incredible woman. At this point we’ve essentially grown up together. Evolved and grown into different people. Learned about health, self care, and caring for the planet. Lost parents and friends. Gone through career ending injuries. Seen the world. Shared in the highest highs and lowest lows. But nothing compares to this most recent journey of having a child. Koa has tested our relationship and our sanity in ways we never thought possible. He has also given us more happiness and love than we ever thought possible. The past 6 anniversaries we’ve managed to do an epic mission of some sort. For instance, last year she still rallied up the hulk at 2 months pregnant (boss lady). Today we celebrate in a different capacity. With this awesome little critter in her arms. Certainly the hardest, yet most rewarding mission to date. Thank you for making this life so special and bringing this beautiful little soul into the world. Can’t wait to see where life takes us next -» ❤️🌹✨ @kimmyfasani
  • Follow along on the @mammothmountain story for “A day in the life” with Kimmy and I. Stoked to be back in these mountains -» 📸: #gopro #mammothstories •• Fun Fact: I proposed to this young lady at this lake...
  • Last time I hit this jump was a few years ago with @kimmyfasani and @pepfujas. Was pretty epic standing up there with Kimmy, watching her charge. Wonder if we will go back and hit it with Koa some day...🤔👶🏼👵🏼👴🏼 -» After The Sky Falls • 🎥: @nimbus_independent

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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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  • ✌️💀🥀⚡️ -» 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
  • 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

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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.