Blizzard Cochise (2014)
Make no mistake, this bull's a beast - tied with one other ski for the lowest Forgiveness score among all medalists in all categories. But what a magnificent beast it is for guys who have the skill, strength, and courage to let it run. The Cochise, No. 2 for Stability at Speed, is built for deep snow and steep, wide-open spaces. It doesn't love tight, technical spots - every other medal winner gets higher Quickness scores - but it hammers at speed with inspirational authority. Gleason: "If you can keep your hands on the wheel, it encourages you to push it faster and harder."
The 108-mm waisted Cochise combines plenty of width for powder days but offers a bit more everyday, frontside versatility than its ultra-fat stablemate in the Free Mountain series, the Bodacious (118 mm). Blizzard's Full Rocker profile combines a flat section under the binding with rocker fore and aft. All Free Mountain skis are built with Blizzard's Flipcore construction method: The ski mold is built with rocker in it, and the wood core is flipped so that it fits the rockered mold (arched surface down). Blizzard says no extra pressure is needed tip and tail to bend the ski into a rockered shape, so there's no material-memory tendency to spring back to an unrockered shape, and pressure distribution is even along the ski's length. It's a metal-reinforced (two sheets), wood-core construction with vertical sidewalls, built for maximum stability and edge-grip. Each ski in the successful "bull" series is named for a different legendary bull on the professional rodeo circuit. All Blizzard skis are built in the company's Mittersill, Austria, factory headquarters, near Kitzbuhel and the Kitzsteinhorn.
|Awards||Gold Medal Gear|
|Lengths||170, 177, 185, 193|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||4.10 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||2.26 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.64 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.89 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.62 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.53 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.27 / 5|