Blizzard Cochise Skis – Men’s: The Blizzard Cochise Free Mountain Ski is made for shredding the whole mountain. Built with the late Arne Backstrom’s design, Blizzard’s Cochise Ski contains revolutionary Flip Core Technology, and their Natural Rocker literally flips the wood core over and is pressed in without bending or shaping the ski artificially. This is a real and noticeable difference in Blizzard Cochise Ski performance when compared to all other Rockered skis. Their Flip Core and Natural Rocker (tip and tail rocker, flat under foot) are the reason The Blizzard Cochise Skis won Skiing Magazines Ski of the Year for ’11-’12. The Blizzard Cochise Skis at 108mm in the waist is a hard charging Free Mountain ski that will perform for those looking to get after it all over the mountain!
If you're a ski and you have a mid-fat waist you get to roam all over the mountain. If you're a mid-fat ski with a rockered tip and tail and huge sidecut radius, you set the mountain ablaze at high speeds, bust through crud, and plane-out over pow, and they call you the Blizzard Cochise Ski. A versatile waist keeps you quick edge-to-edge, and your innovative Flipcore Natural rocker gives you easy turn-entry and float. You're actually made upside-down in the mold so the downward-facing convex side forms the natural rocker, without having to bend or artificially shape the ski in a press. This also gives you excellent stability and even pressure distribution. You have sandwich sidewall construction and a wood core to put power and precision into your turns, and two sheets of Titanal keep the vibrations away at scorching speeds. You're one multi-talented, kickass ski.
Situated squarely between the Brahma and Dakota, the Cochise is your do-it-all backside ski.
The Blizzard Cochise Skis are legends in the powder. This ski just keeps getting more popular because it performs so well on both sides of the boundary line. The Cochise's have a Flip Core which is a traditional cambered core turned upside down. This puts it in reverse camber to provide you with tons of float in deep snow. There's also Titanium running through this ski to give it some stiffness, so when you take it down the groomers you still get a good carve. If you like to ski fast, consider sizing up for extra running length.
The Blizzard Cochise skis surf the powder, shred through crud and get you back to the lodge with a permanent grin.
Recommended rider weights are a general guideline. Please keep in mind that additional factors can affect which size will best suit your needs. If you have questions regarding ski and snowboard sizing, please contact us at 1-800-426-4840.
Named after the heroes from the BPA (Professional Bullriders Association), this ski has been tamed by top-class riders such as Björn Heregger on the steep slopes of the Freeride World Tour. A double titanium layer together with a bamboo core and the Flip Core 3D Rocker technology will help you too to master even the toughest rides.
|Actual Turn Radius @ Specified Length:||28.5m (@ 185cm)|
|Binding Weight Range:||N/A|
|Camber:||Flip Core Reverse Camber|
|Core:||Wood with metal laminate|
|Core Material:||Wood w/ Metal Laminate|
|Intended Use:||All mountain, Powder|
|Model #:||8A206100 001 170|
|Recommended skier weight:||165 - 195 / 175 - 210 pounds|
|Sidecut radius:||27 / 28.5 meters|
|Sidewalls:||Sandwich Compound Sidewall|
|Ski Gear Intended Use:||All Mountain|
|Ski camber:||Full rocker|
|Ski dimensions:||135/108/123 millimeters|
|Special Features:||Sandwich Compound Sidewall Construction|
|Tip/Waist/Tail Widths:||135/108/123 (@185cm)|
|Turn Radius:||28.5m (size 185)|
|Type:||All-Mountain Wide Skis (91-110)|
|What Binding is Included?:||N/A|
I'm not sure a review will do this ski any justice. The Cochise does it all. I'm on my third season with the Cochise and it just keeps getting better. You don't hear about Blizzard as much as other brands (Rossi, Volkl, Armada, etc.), but don't let that scare you away from this ski. I've been skiing Blizzard for over 12 seasons now and have yet to be disappointed.
I'm 5'11", 170 lbs and ski the 185. I spend my time at Utah resorts. As mentioned above, the versatility of this ski is amazing. It's unbelievably stable at speed on hard pack (think 70+ mph on a groomer), is playful and responsive in tight space, floats plenty in powder, and excels in crud and variable snow. I've recommended the Cochise to a handful of friends and all now have the same affinity for the ski.
If you're looking at buying this ski, you're probably doing some homework and comparing different options. While I don't have a ton of data points for you, this one might be helpful. I skied a few runs on the new Rossignol Soul 7 recently, another very popular ski this year, and came away thinking the following: the Soul 7 is definitely a lighter ski and just a bit more responsive/playful than the Cochise. Was a really fun ski to ski. That said, it wasn't as stable as the Cochise and doesn't power through crud and variable conditions the way the Cochise does. Granted, my experience was only a run or two so take the opinion with a grain of salt, but might be helpful nonetheless.
Bottom line: I've been skiing for a long time and this is my favorite ski I've ever skied on. If you're looking for a one-trick pow pony, this isn't your ski. Likewise if you're looking for a true carving ski. However, if you want something that does it all, and does it all very well, this is the ski.
I've had the chance to ride these at ski tests over the past couple of season and am psyched to finally have a pair to call my own. I'm 5'10" and went with them in a 185 cm length. I probably could get away with the 193s but decided I'd rather have a short, quicker ski for the resort skiing I'm going to use them for.
I used them to replace my Volkl Katanas, which were beat up after three hard, 100 day seasons on them at Jackson. They're comparable skis, sharing similar shapes, construction, rocker, sidecut, length, and mounting points. The biggest difference is probably that the Katana is 112 mm underfoot while the Cochise is 108. I have plenty of skis in the 115 mm range and am happy to have dropped down for the extra inbounds versatility, not that the difference is even that noticeable.
What stands out to me most about my Cochise is that between the two sheets of Titanal and the Flipcore construction, they're a very smooth ski. They're a ton of fun to rip groomers and also charge in trees, bumps, corn, and powder for me at the 185 cm length. I'm very happy with my choice and would highly recommend them if this is the type of ski you're looking for.
If I could only have one ski to ski in the Rockies, it would be this bad boy. Its not the most playful ski I have ever skied but it still floats quite well in bottomless pow days. I am 5'9, 145lbs and own it in a 177 and sometimes wished I had the 185 for the deep days. but now that I have a 190 Magic J, I am happy with my size choice.
It holds up to the highest speeds I can throw at it and turns without issue on the groomed runs. The 2.5 layers of metal combined with flipcore give the ski plenty of stiffness but are not brutal planks.
Overall, I cannot recommend this ski enough. It has been great to ski in all terrain.
I got a set of last years Cochise's in 185 cm, and mounted them with Hammerhead tele bindings - great setup. I skied everything from east coast ice to deep Alta powder and these do not disappoint. Good float for the deep days, but also remarkably good edge grip on hard packed groomers. These skis perform better the harder you push them. Good to see Blizzard added the Scout to this year's lineup which is the lightweight/backcountry version of the Cochise.
If you want to be able to charge anything on the mountain, this is the ski for you. I ride the 193, and anywhere from man-made ice, steep trees, to 3 feet of pow I have not strapped a pair of skis on my feet I'd rather ride. I would say this ski in the longer lengths is a lot of ski compared to some other brands though with a much longer effective edge than many on the market.
If you're looking for a playful ski that performs in anything from deep pow to ice this is it. The torsional stability of this ski is the best you will find on the market, no exaggeration, it's construction glues you to the snow and gives you confidence to manage variable conditions comfortably. If I had to ski one ski all season long this would be it, hands down!