Tune in with TGR/Nimbus star Chris Benchetler and his classic rock dominated playlist with tunes from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and more. While you’re rocking out, enjoy hearing Chris’ opinion on listening to music while skiing, favorite backcountry snacks, his scariest moment of this season and more…
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1- Led Zeppelin – When The Levee Breaks
2- Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
3- Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower
4- Led Zeppelin – Over the Hills and Far Away
5- Bob Dylan – Hurricane
6- John Lennon – How do you Sleep
7- Neil Young – Old Man
8- Stranglers – Golden Brown
9- Bob Marley – Natural Mystic
10- Eric Clapton – Layla (unplugged)
11- Eagles – Hotel California
12- Supertramp – School
[Earlyups] Do you listen to tunes while you’re skiing? Have a particular song that gets you fired up when you’re on top of a scary line?
[Chris Benchetler] I don’t. I’ve always preferred vibing out on my surroundings, and being in tune with everything I’m doing. Especially spending the majority of my time in the backcountry. It’s super crucial to be 100% aware… I actually had a firsthand experience this season that reconfirmed the importance of being able to hear. I was skinning up a large exposed pillow zone through the trees, with another skier, Max, a switch back behind me. Right when I was in the middle of the gully I heard rumbling, so I looked up to see a massive wall of snow billowing over the benches above. I yelled avalanche, ran backwards into the trees, and Max was able to run forward. We watched as the slide poured by us followed by huge snowmobile size snow chunks rolling down behind. It was insanely scary. It was late March in BC, and the pillow just naturally released above us. Very stoked neither of us had tunes in and were able to react.
[Earlyups] Scariest moment on snow this season?
[Chris Benchetler] When I was up in AK I tried to spin a 3 off a spine at the top of my line. Unfortunately, I went a little bigger then expected, wheelied out, fell, was taken out by my slough, and went for a 1,500 foot ride. As soon as the slough hit me I inhaled snow and continued to choke the rest of the way. As I struggled to breath I pulled my ABS bag to try and get myself above the snow. When I finally came to a stop I was partially buried on my back, but was able to get myself on my stomach, got the snow out of my mouth, and eventually got my breath back. I have never felt that heavy of a drowning sensation, even in big surf. Definitely scary.
[Earlyups] What’s your typical game plan on a powder day when you’re at home in Mammoth?
[Chris Benchetler] On storm days, I’m up early. Head straight to Chair 22, and ski a couple laps on the face (Viva). Then I work my way towards the main lodge for some more little hidden tree gems.
[Earlyups] Who would win in a ski-off, you or Chuck Norris?
[Chris Benchetler] Well… Chuck Norris is pretty bad ass. However, he has to be getting a little old at this point. That’s a tough call…
[Earlyups] Best backcountry snack?
[Chris Benchetler] Clif Bar shot Blocks. They’re little fruit snack type energy chews. Definitely keep me going. I love bringing tea out as well, which is a great way to stay warm. You can even throw in a couple shot blocks to sweeten up the tea. They’re a good team.
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[Earlyups] What’s your favorite song ever used in a Nimbus or TGR segment?
[Chris Benchetler] Led Zeppelin ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ – Nimbus AK webisode.
[Earlyups] Summer Plans?
[Chris Benchetler] Bike, surf, rock climb, and a bit of skiing. I’m headed to Mt. Hood on June 6th for Dakine. Back to Hood for Atomic in July. New Zealand for the Atomic catalog shoot in August. Then early September I’m headed down to Chile to compete in the Swatch skiers cup. Followed by a repeat of all my other activities through the fall. And lastly I hope to do the June Lake triathlon again, if I’m around in early July.
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