• Atomic, Chris Benchetler
  • Atomic, Chris Benchetler
  • Atomic, Chris Benchetler
Ski Spots
  • Mammoth Mountain
  • British Columbia 
  • Japan
Albums
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Rolling Stones
  • Bob Marley
Movies
  • Anything with Will Ferrel
  • Avatar
  • Documentaries
Skiers
  • Eric Pollard
  • Sean Pettit
  • Sammy Carlson

Chris
Benchetler

USA

Surnom I have a lot of them…
Date of Birth nov. 13, 1986
Ville Natale Mammoth Lakes
Station Natale Mammoth Mountain
Protection Atomic Skis: Bent Chetlers. Bindings: FFG16. Boots: Overload 130, Tracker 130. Helmet: Troop.
Discipline Backcountry Freestyle
Present Home Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Occupation Athlete
Sponsors Atomic, Dakine, Dragon, Sanuk, CEP, Mammoth, EVO, Clif Bar, LuLu Lemon, Ctii, Water
Magazine Covers Powder, Freeskier, The Ski Journal, Skiing, SBC, some European and Japanese ones…
Hobbies ski, surf, climb, bike, art, photography, travel, live
Vehicle Prefer my bike, but out of necessity, Toyota Tundra
Mon Site http://www.chrisbenchetler.com Twitter Facebook
Chris Benchetler, Atomic

How and when did you start skiing

My Parents at age 2 or 3

Who were you skiing with at first

My aunt and parents

What terrain where you riding at first

Probably the bunny slopes

Who were some early influences on your skiing

At the start Matt Hammer, John Jackson, and a lot of my friends etc...now, a lot of surfers and boarders, Craig Anderson, Rastovich, Muller, Gigi, etc…

Do you enjoy skiing in contests

Not particularly.

How could contests be improved

In many ways

What do you think of ski movies

I like watching them all, which allows me to see what's happening in our sport. And I obviously really enjoy how EP puts together Nimbus edits. That's a big reason why we started a production company...

Do you enjoy shooting video parts

Yes. Very much. It's a way to express my creativity

Do you ski in the rain

Depends. I definitely have, and will, but I don't go out looking for it.

What do you like about Atomic

There are a lot of positives... The skis, the team, the Employees, their faith in me, their goals as a brand, their passion. They are just a rad brand who truly live for skiing and the surrounding culture.

How did you get on Atomic

Jordan, the Marketing manager at the time came to me with some great ideas of restructuring the brand. Both he and Atomic showed a lot of faith in my skiing and approach, so we collaborated, created the Bent Chetler and kept things rolling to where we are today.

Who do you ski with now

Try to ski with a lot of different people. All of my friends and team mates, but mostly Eric Pollard. Ride with a lot of boarders too

What have been the highlights of your skiing career

Making my passion for skiing a lifestyle and career.

Is there anything in skiing you haven't done that you'd like to accomplish

A lot. There is a million things I still hope to accomplish, from tricks, to lines,to ski technology, all the way down to how I make a turn…

What do you do besides skiing

Surf, climb, bike, yoga, art, photography, eat, sleep...try to enjoy my life to the fullest.

What music art books have you been enjoying lately

Been listening to some rad old 50's and 60's jams lately. Always intrigued by art through out my travels. I tend to listen to books on tape. Haven't had much time to read. Half way through Keith Richard's documentary. Just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain.

What are your future goals

To stay healthy, be a good person, and keep on the path I'm on now.