Blizzard Cochise (2014)
“Still a gem of a ski,” said one Colorado-based tester of the much loved Cochise. Now in its third season, this sporty, reliable ripper continues to impress with its glued-to-the-snow feel on the groomed; athletic smeariness in the trees, bumps, and crud; and love of speed and aggression. Great for higher-level skiers, it gives back everything you put in—a confident charger through all conditions. But get it in some powder and it will really shine.
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.
|Lengths||170, 177, 185, 193|
|Rating: Stability at Speed||3.96 / 5|
|Rating: Maneuverability||3.23 / 5|
|Rating: Hard Snow Grip||3.24 / 5|
|Rating: Crud Performance||3.93 / 5|
|Rating: Forgiveness||2.66 / 5|
|Rating: Energy/Liveliness||3.08 / 5|
|Rating: Flotation||3.46 / 5|
|Rating: Versatility||3.38 / 5|
|Rating: Overall||3.38 / 5|