Chill Stoke: Chris Benchetler Blends Art, Music in ‘Unraveling’ Ski Edit

Breathtaking lines, no sound — Benchetler swaps out ambient noise for artistic voiceover in his latest ski edit.

The twang of a steel guitar and country rock plays over Benchetler’s footage. There’s no chattering, no sound of skis bumping off powder, zero wind. In this calming, feel-good edit, Dakine athlete Chris Benchetler skis along some iconic spines in Haines, Alaska.

But fresh tracks aren’t his only focus. In the narration, he talks about his craft.

“This film captures Chris’ incredible art, smooth skiing, and his life as a father, all while diving into what progression means to him in every aspect of his life,” the film description reads.

What does progression of a sport, versus progression of your own craft, look like? “To me, progression is to keep evolving,” Benchetler said. “I’m always trying to work towards an elevated state. All you can really do is surrender your expectations.”

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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