Construction: Sandwich, metal laminates, “Flip-Core Tech”
Radius: 28.5 m @ 185cm
Rocker line: Low profile rocker tip to tail
Skier Type: Advanced
BUY THIS SKI: You like a big mountain ski that wont balk and you getting after it. You probably live in the Pacific Northwest, or Tahoe where your “everyday ski” better be able to handle the pow everyday.
DON’T BUY THIS SKI: You’re a beginner, don’t like to venture off the hard pack much or are looking for a big playful powder ski.
A lot of buzz has been surrounding the 2012 Blizzard Cochise this spring, and after an April powder day at Crystal Mountain I can see why. The Cochise has been an instant shop favorite, we think it’s flat one of the most fun skis available for 2012.
The Blizzard Cochise is the brand new 108mm waisted big mountain ski from their new Freemountain line up. Partially designed by the late Arne Backstrom, the Cochise features their new Flip-Core technology which naturally gives the ski rocker as opposed to forcing or bending it in. It’s constructed as a full sandwich ski with metal laminates and a low profile rocker that goes from tip to tail. Don’t let the full rocker scare you die hards, its subtle and still rips on the groom.
The ski is pretty stiff yet and really excels in new snow and skied out crud. The part that really surprised us was how well it skied on hard snow, impressing some of our harshest big ski critics. The low profile rocker allows the ski to float really well, and the stiff tip just blasts through crud as well as any ski I have ever been on. Making it a prime pick if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow. As a true big mountain ski the Cochise likes you get after it in the deep stuff but what makes it unique is while you are making turns you can still blow off speed with a big “surfy” pow turn then go
back to ripping.
On the hard pack the Cochise continues to surprise. Because the rocker profile is very gradual you don’t have to tip it far
to engage the entire edge and once you do it rips like very few 105+ skis out there can. The ski is also pretty lively on the groom for being fully rockered and doesn’t feel “planky” at all like some skis in this category.
The Cochise really makes the perfect Pacific North West go to ski. Where in between big dumps you can take advantage of a few inches here and there or the remains of the last storm. With this ski you will really have the right boards on your feet most of the season. Works awesome as a one ski quiver for the powder hungry or to compliment a hard snow carver in your quiver. We think Blizzard really killed it with this ski so if you get a chance to demo it let us know what you think! If you have an more questions about the ski give Sturte
If you live in the Seattle area Sturtevant’s in Bellevue has the 2012 ready for demo for the rest of this season and all next year! So get out and give it a try.
Blizzard Cochise Graphics at tip
Tip Rocker Profile