Over the past few seasons the Blizzard Cochise has become many peoples go to all-mountain ski for a reason. Mainly because it is responsive and versatile to cater to many different peoples riding styles and riding locations with impressive results. This part directional charger, part freestyle all-mountain ski excels in all conditions thanks to its rocker-camber-rocker profile, long turn radius, and durable construction.
The rocker-camber-rocker profile has quickly become a crowd favorite because of how well it balances float and edge hold. The camber section underfoot lets you really rely on your edge when you are navigating firm or skied out snow at speed, while the rocker in the tip and tail lets you skip easily over pow and break free from your edge to turn on a dime when needed. Working with this maneuverable profile, the long turn radius in the Cochise adds stability at speed and allows you to make long arcing turns with a minimal chance of big edge catches.
To ensure that the Cochise can hold up to all of the aggressive riding that it makes so fun it is packed full of durable, lightweight, and forward thinking materials. At the heart of this ski, a poplar and beech core creates a lightweight and responsive feel that is enhanced by layers of fiberglass and carbon. Additionally a titanal layer adds durability and consistent flex to make sure it is almost impossible to ride this ski too hard.
- Versatile, durable, and responsive all-mountain ski for daily use
- Profile mixes rocker and camber for edge hold and exceptional float
- Medium stiffness is responsive and powerful but can be manipulated
- Long turn radius allows for confident high speed edging
- Titanal layer transitions power along the ski for a snappy response
- Beech and poplar core is durable and lightweight for all day shred
- Sintered base is consistently fast so you can get back to the lift
So far I'm super satisfied with these. I've only used them a week though
A true one-quiver ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
My boyfriend got these as his third generation of Cochise's and just like the predecessors they do not disappoint. Want to float through some Wasatch powder? Check. Lay some GS turns on those Deer Valley groomers? Check. Blast through the crud/chop/mashed potatoes at Park City? Check. Get sendy off the cliffs and cat tracks at Snowbird? Check. This ski truly does it all as a hard-charging ski that still maintains some playfulness in a variety of terrain and conditions.
It's not you. It's me.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'll start our by saying I love my 2013 Blizzard Chocise. Flat underfoot, stiff, full-metal top sheet, and one of the most forgiving skis in variable conditions I have ever been on. It fits my style of reckless abandon quite well.
Naturally I was excited to hop on the new version of one of my favorite skis; I tried the 185cm length. It ticks all of the boxes on paper, stiff, quite a bit of rocker with a little camber underfoot, and heavy enough to be stable at speed. When I finally got a chance to hop on these, I was disappointed. They did not track as well in variable conditions as there predecessors and were significantly less damp. During the test I couldn't help but compare them to the older generation of the ski and feel that I had lost and old friend.
Halfway though the test, I took a different approach and looked at the Cochise as a new ski. It was not Blizzard's goal anymore to make a hard-charging one-trick pony. It is actually a very good all around wide waist ski. It is far more poppy than its predecessor and I soon had fun launching off of cat tracks and using the weight of the ski to blast through the crud on the landings. It also is far far better on piste than its predecessor. It made smooth wide turns and felt stable in icy conditions, even with the amount of tip and tail rocker it had. The carbon had made the ski very laterally stiff and you can feel the support as you dig an edge in. It turns well at slow speeds due to the tip and tail rocker and has become a ski that is more approachable to a wider market. It is not the ski that I went into the test looking for but is a very capable all arounder is still quite stable at speed, will be better than the previous generation in powder, skis better on piste and is more playful.
I guess I will keep my old 185cm, 2014 Cochise. A super stable, high speed cruiser ski. I can go scary fast !