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Chris Benchetler



  • Eating extremely well over here -» Indonesia
  • And I thought shooting on a mountain at night was hard... It’s been a real pleasure watching and following @rob_machado in his element. Can’t begin to thank the whole crew enough for coming here and making these nights possible. The endless challenges that Mother Nature has thrown our way has been extremely humbling. Just getting the 1,000+ lbs of gear and lighting equipment to a tiny island on the other side of the world was a feat. Only a couple days left @pinnaclestelo before we wrap up shooting this #deadandshred project. Looking forward to sharing the journey soon -» 🎥: @timmmytoes on the @gopro #gopro
  • Surf withdrawals -» 📸: @oltjp • @dakine
  • Spiritual nutrition for the mind and body courtesy of the Cliff -» Ca • 📸 @petermorning
  • Had a damn fine season @mammothmountain this year. No more snow sliding until November. Can’t wait to do it all over again -» 📸 @petermorning • #mammothstories
  • A little moon dust and gravity to start out the week 🌕✨-» Mammoth bike park • #goprofusion
  • In the midst of some jam packed days with @smartwool. Arting. Biking. Climbing. Vanning. Good times -» 📸 @varmin
  • Out for an evening rip with the #deadandshred editing team. Movie is really starting to come to life 🔮🌀... Just need to keep those heart rates up -» 📸 @codemangram • @mammothmountain
  • Ten stars. Would recommend to a friend -» The Cliff, Ca. • 📸 @petermorning

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Pro Models


10 years of the Atomic Bent Chetler

GoPro: New Zealand Adventure with Chris Benchetler and Kimmy Fasani

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


  • In her element. Me not so much. 🥵🌵🚐
  • Just got back from a trip way up North, living on a sail boat in the Arctic circle. The van is still our dream rig, but I might be up for solid stint of boat life at some point in my future -» Svalbard 🇳🇴
  • Hell of a trip to Wyoming. Thanks for the good vibes Jackson. Back to @mammothmountain for another atmospheric river! -» 📸 @blattphoto • 🙏💀⚡️🥀
  • Hosting a @gratefuldead inspired art show with @skyewalker_art at the @tetongravity store in Jackson, Wyoming tomorrow night (Friday) @ 6pm. Come see the original that we painted for the vinyl wrap on the van, and more from the product collab with the Dead 🙏💀⚡️🥀 -» 📸: @cortmuller
  • Out of the snow globe state and across the continental divide with @blattphoto -» Art show with @skyewalker_art on Friday and Grateful Dead collab party featuring The Deadlocks on Saturday in Jackson next weekend. Hope to see you all there! • 📸 @blattphoto • 🙏💀⚡️🥀
  • Take a deeper look at family life in the van courtesy of @adventuresportsnetwork. Link in bio -» Mammoth, Ca. • @kimmyfasani @chrisbenchetler
  • Happy New Year people!! Cheers to keeping the adVANtures rolling! 🥂🚐 -» 👨‍🎨: @chrisbenchetler
  • ‘Tis the season. Keep it coming old man winter -» Mammoth Lakes, Ca.
  • 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 -» ❄️🚐💁‍♀️👶🏼✨

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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.