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Chris Benchetler



  • Check out the latest signature @dakine pack and mitt over on their site. Always a pleasure designing with these guys! Very thankful for the continued opportunities and creative freedom 🙏✨ -» • @dakine_ski
  • Few days ago with @christianpondella. Been staying chilly so gonna go hunt for some more stashes tomorrow -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca.
  • My art site has been down for almost a week. Thanks for all the heads up/ should be fixed in the next couple days. I’ll keep you posted. Appreciate the continued support! -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca. 🙏👨‍🎨✨
  • New Zealand has it all 🙏✨ -» @gopro #linkinbio #gopro
  • Would you..? -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca. • 🍯 🕳
  • Very thankful for all the experiences, travels, activities, and friends in my life. And even more thankful to now share that life with Koa. Incredibly hard to know how to parent, but we’re doing our best 🙏✌️-» Check out the latest family journey to NZ • #LinkInBio @kimmyfasani @gopro
  • New @gopro Edit from our summer journey in NZed just launched! Link in bio -» 🎥: @tylerjhamlet @kylemacvisuals @kimmyfasani • 🐧❄️🌊⛷🏂🧗‍♀️🏄‍♂️ #gopro
  • Always enjoy the learning process of trying out new mediums 🤓👨‍🎨 -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca.
  • Late night arrival home, but woke up to a stellar bluebird pow day. Felt like a blast to the past ripping around home with @johnjamun again. Epic date laps with @kimmyfasani. And some much needed vertical @gopro tutorials from @abekislevitz. Fun ripping with you all 🤙✨ -» @mammothmountain #hero7black #hypersmooth

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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


  • Stoked to be spending so much time on the road with this little dude. Back up in the mountains and psyching on the forecast for this week -» ❄️🚐💁‍♀️👶🏼✨
  • Few days of coastal exploration before winter kicks in! -» Central Cali
  • Going to miss these days in the high country, but getting psyched for some snow -» Tuolumne Meadows, Ca.
  • 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

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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.