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The Benchetler family are athletes, nature enthusiasts, artists, and longtime influential Mammoth Lakes locals. Chris Benchetler grew up in Bishop, Ca and moved to Mammoth to pursue a professional skiing career after his father passed away from cancer. His talents have made powerful impacts in the ski industry and more recently, as an artist who uses his experiences in the mountains and ocean as inspiration. 


Kimmy Fasani Benchetler is a professional snowboarder, mother, author, and family advocate, who moved to Mammoth to pursue her snowboarding career shortly after her father passed away from cancer. Chris and Kimmy’s 20+ year long relationship was fueled by their loss of loved ones, and love for the mountains. After Kimmy’s mom passed from cancer at the peak of her snowboarding career, the couple started their own family, and shortly after their second child arrived, Kimmy was diagnosed with an aggressive stage 3 breast cancer. 


Surrounding themselves with family and the healing properties of nature has kept them grounded and on a healthy path forward. The Benchetler’s know how challenging these hardships are to overcome and they are aware of how impactful spending time in nature can be to carry you through these formidable moments in life. They created the Benchetler Fasani Foundation because they are uniquely positioned to help facilitate connections for others to benefit from the healing impact of the outdoors.


Chris Benchetler is an acclaimed professional skier known for his innovative and artistic approach to the sport. He is widely recognized for his backcountry skiing prowess and his role as a pioneer in the freestyle skiing movement.

Chris Benchetler

Co-Founder / Board Member

Kimmy Fasani has been a pioneer in women’s snowboarding and she’s become a powerful voice for female athletes and their ability to balance motherhood and careers. Kimmy was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer after welcoming her second child. 

Kimmy Fasani

Co-Founder / Board Member

Donna Carpenter is the owner and former CEO of Burton, which she built with her husband Jake Burton Carpenter.

Donna Carpenter

Board Member

Jan Kaufman is our legal counsel with over 20 years experience within the outdoor industry.

Jan Kaufman

Board Member

Ashley Otte is an executive whose accomplishments encompass complex, solutions-oriented brand development and management with a proven track record of creating unique go-to-market strategies to achieve success. 

Ashley Otte

Board Member

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