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If only you were the Cochise.
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.
- Flipcore Natural rockered profile
- Flat underfoot
- Sidewall construction
- Wood core
- Two sheets of Titanal reinforcement
- 108-millimeter waist
- Huge sidecut radius
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I'm looking for a wider ski to use on my...
I'm looking for a wider ski to use on my trips to Utah (Park City and Alta). I ski in the East about 40 days each season, and about another 10 days in Utah. I use a 172 Nordica FireArrow 80 Pro on "firm" snow, and a 180 Blizzard Brahma when it's softer. The Brahma was a bit too narrow for the snow at Alta. I'd like the ski to handle moguls, trees, and cut-up snow, either at Alta or the signature runs at Park City. I looked at the Blizzard Cochise, but I think the 28.5 meter turning radius is a bit much for what I'd like the ski to do. Other skis I've been thinking about are the Rossi Soul 7, the Line Sick Day 95 or 110, and the Atomic Automatic 109 or 102. Any suggestions?
I'm an advanced intermediate skiing powder...
I'm an advanced intermediate skiing powder and trees now in Tahoe. 6'2", 193lbs. 50 years old but very athletic. Looking for a wide ski to ski Sierra crud and powder. Is the Cochise too much ski for me? Any other recs?
At your size I think you will do very well with the Cochise, especially in Tahoe. Even though you are 50 if you are in good shape you can handle it. I'm 42 and find the Cochise too heavy and damp for my liking but my style is a little more light and playful. I ski a lot of bumps and prefer a tighter turn radius for my skis.
If you keep your skis on the ground, want to just bust through and plow over the crud, and want smooth damp and powerful then Cochise is a winner.
Can I ask what you are currently skiing on and what length? This will help other readers offer advice as well. Then I will shoot back some other choices if you want.
Currently skiing K2 Apaches, 178 length. The 78 mm width causes me to sink in deeper snow.
Well at least anything you pick will provide a much better powder experience than the narrow Apache. You could go 98mm Bonafide to stay slightly lighter, livelier and better groomed performance over the Cochise as an option. It will blow the doors off the Apache in the deeper snow and crud, it just won't have quite as much float as the Cochise.
Another ski with a different twist is the Armada TST, great float in the tip due to its unique profile but remains solid underfoot and in the tail for the crud.
Line Sick Day 110 for a lighter, more agile, but retains great float. It just won't charge as hard in the Tahoe crud as a Bonafide or Cochise. It will just be more playful and more forgiving.
Atomic Ritual has been a favorite in the Jackson Hole area but I don't think Jackson gets the heavier crud like Tahoe does.
That's just a few other opinions to consider but it all gets overwhelming. My advice is to keep it simple and narrow it down to a couple. Like I said anything you pick will be so much better on the deep and crud than your Apaches. Just remember a Cochise will be an entirely different animal than the K2 but your size should be able to tame it.
Keep me posted.
Within the cloak of darkness,
This is when the magic happens.
The full moon shines bright, the lines are tight,
The flash is bright and the skis are right.
Skier: Technica/Blizzard athlete Marcus Caston and a flawless hop turn.
Awesome Ski, Believe the Hype
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I'm not a big believer in the whole "one ski quiver" idea, but this may be as close as it gets. There are more specific skis out there for sure, but with this ski you can have a blast in any given condition. I have skied it in knee deep powder and chop, in both soft and hard crud, moguls, groomers, steeps, you name it this ski eats it for breakfast. It's the perfect ski for Jackson Hole, that's for sure. The cochise will make you more a better, more confident skier all around, even if you're already an expert. The only flaw I could find with this ski, Is that it doesn't excel in super deep snow, however it'll certainly get the job done. Other than float in deep powder over two feet, this ski kills it!
Size wise, I'm 6'3 185lbs, and I ski the 185. I could have definitely gotten away with the 193, but I ski a ton of bumps and trees, so the 185 made more sense. If this was going to be my only powder ski I'd absolutely and positively size up. Otherwise, it does not feel "too" short, even at my size.
Comparisons of similar skis Ive owned, to the Cochise :
Volkl Katana: Similar to the Cochise, but not as intuitive and forgiving. Better option for racing backgrounds, or more aggressive (pro level)freeskiers.
Moment Belafonte: More pop, but not as forgiving/intuitive. Better Edge grip and slightly more confidence on ice, but trades for worse powder performance. Better ski for traditional preferences.
On3p Vicik: Tip has more pop, more play, just as intuitive but not as forgiving. Exactly like the belafonte if it had tip taper, but made of bamboo, therefor more playful and snappy. Better choice for those with traditional preferences, yet still want something fun.
Personally for my mid-fats, I use the 185 Cochise for In bounds, and 184 Katana with for sidecountry.
trying to decide between the 177 and 185...
trying to decide between the 177 and 185 as a daily driver east coast resort ski/one ski quiver....I have skied on 181 4frnt MSPs for the last 7 seasons and was looking for something with a bit of tip rocker. im 5 9 190 fit.
At your weight I would go 185. If that seems a little long you can mount them a little farther forward (+ 1.5-2) in order to make them feel a little shorter.
I am 6'2" , 195 lbs skiing the 185 Cochise back East. Have only had groomers to ski for now, but it carves like a dream on hard snow. I am skiing them NTN tele, Prophet boots mounted boot center on the mark. Freedom binders. Now I want to get them in some powder; with a 108 waist they should float, too. Great ski!
I recently demo'd the 177 Cochise at Big...
I recently demo'd the 177 Cochise at Big Sky in 12 inches of fresh Pow and loved these skis. As I was telling a friend my desire to purchase these, He suggested I look at the Rossi Soul 7. Any ideas on comparison between the two? I am currently on Vokl Mantras (which are also awesome). Thanks.
They are completely different skis. Soul 7 has a very short radius and is relatively soft compared to the Cochise. The Soul 7 will feel more maneuverable at very slow speeds due to all the sidecut and camber but as soon as you get up to any speed the Cochise will be much more fun busting through crud and just feeling more stable. Plus if you 're coming from a Mantra you're accustomed to the feel if metal. Cochise has metal , Soul 7 has none.
Those are two VERY different skis. If you liked the cochise and the mantra (stiff skis w/ metal) that like to go fast and straight, you will likely not the like Soul 7 (soft and turny).
I just purchased the Soul 7 in a 188 after skiing on the 176(?) K2 Obsethed for a few years (5'9" 150lb/woman). After one full day of skiing on the Souls I have mixed feelings and am looking at getting the Cochise or another stiff all-mountain ski.
The Soul 7 is awesome on smooth snow, whether powder, wind buff, or groomed. But what I found is that in the crud and chopped up conditions you have to turn deliberately and turn around the crud, especially at high speeds. Rather than being able to charge through it. When I hit chopped-up snow on the Souls, I had a hard time keeping the skis in control. They would float and flop around.
I don't hate the Soul7, but just like was already said, they are very different from the Cochise or another stiff all-mountain ski. I also felt like the recommended binding position was too far forward on the Souls.
I will probably end up using the Souls as a touring ski and get Cochise (or similar) instead.
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I'm looking to upgrade my skis and am...
I'm looking to upgrade my skis and am looking for some suggestions to demo prior to purchase. I'm 6', 205 and consider myself advanced. I ski in the East, primarily on piste. Currently on an older Dynastar Intuitive 74. Looking for the "one ski" that will handle chop, crud, etc.. and help me improve. Have heard great things about Blizzard skis.
How goes? Have you seen this excellent review?
It may help out with your choice. Blizzard makes awesome skis!
For east coast crud busting and overall mountain domination I'd reccomend the Bonafide over the Cochise. Coming off a 74mm Dynastar jumping to a 108 wasted Cochise would be a bit of a jump. Bonafides will still bust through crud but they'll give you better performance on groomers and tighter east coast trails.
What length am I looking for and does this...
What length am I looking for and does this ski hit home for a particular trip this season? ... Headed to Valhalla BC in a month and was hoping to try out a bunch of skis before the ski purchase/trip ... not ideal this season for the Tahoe kids. I have the Dynafit Radical FT's ready and waiting ... I was looking for fatter skis originally but this season may warrant a more versatile ski? For the 140lb/5'9" guy what length would you recommend? Was also looking at the Armada JJ, K2 Shreditor and, Rossi's, DPS ... thoughts?
What size skis are you coming off of? At your size and weight I would lean towards a 177 in the Cochise
what kind of bindings should i get for...
what kind of bindings should i get for this skis. I am thinking to buy it with Tyrolia Adrenelin 16 (touring . Thas this work with this ski to do some small touring. Or must i put something like the Rossi FKS 140 or Marker Jester on it. Olso because of the lengt I will buy 185cm I am 184cm long and want to drive it all around the mountain.
Any good binding will work. Adrenelins would be great for small tours. Just make sure you get brakes wide enough.. Cochise is 108mm under foot so a 110mm brake would be perfect.
Crushing Resort Ski
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
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.
Favorite Ski I Have Ever Skied
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
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 been skiing on the original Sidestash...
I've been skiing on the original Sidestash 188cm for the last few years in Whistler. They are pretty much done. Looking at the Cochise or K2 Annex 108 as replacements. Ski everything inbounds at Whistler and do something like 15 day tours a season. 5' 11" 185 lbs. Recommendation between the 2 skis, and between 185 and 193 Cochise? How does Blizzard length compare to K2's? I've seen lots of "190cm" skis that are shorter than the Sidestash 188s.
Dave, not familiar with the Sidestash so hard to give you a comparison. I'm 5'11", 170 lbs and ski the Cochise 185 and love it. I've got a buddy on the 193 Cochise and he's 6'1", 180 and also loves it. He definitely has more stability at speed, but obviously loses some responsiveness and agility. I'm sure you'd be fine with either. If you want something that's going to be more responsive and you're doing some tight tree skiing, I'd do the 185. If you spend a lot of time on the hard pack and going fast, I'd do the 193.
I'd recommend the 185. The K2's your coming off of are a little softer than the Cochise so going up to the 193 might be a little much. the 185 measures true to length. 193 will be better at speed but the 185 will be more than sufficient and will be a little more versatile and playful in trees and steeps
I'm 6'6, 205lbs and looking for...
I'm 6'6, 205lbs and looking for a second set of skis.
I'm an advanced skier, I like trees, pow and carving. I like going fast too....
I currently ski the Magnum 8.5ti 181 and was wondering which size for the cochise would suit me best,
At your height and weight i would recommend the 193 especially for going fast.
Agree on the 193; I've got a buddy that's 6'1", 180lbs and rips with the 193 no problem so I'd definitely recommend the 193.
I'm 5'7", 210 lbs and looking for a second...
I'm 5'7", 210 lbs and looking for a second set of skis for the quiver. I'm intermediate/intermediate-advanced at this point, currently skiing mostly a 169 Nordica Enforcer. Definitely interested in finding a wider underfoot "powder" ski. Any suggestions on the 177 v. 185 for me?
Time to bring your 'A' game. While both are viable options and the 177 may at first seem like the prudent choice, I think it will be overlapping to much with what you already have in the Nordica Enforcer. I would recommend the 185 in the Blizzard Cochise to diversify that quiver of yours, and the 185 will keep the Blizzard riding high and smooth in powder country despite its relatively narrow waist.
Real nice ski for those soft days! It's not crazy wide like the 115 skis (Armada JJ, Rossi s7). It will hold its own out there!
Rocky Mountain Quiver Killer
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
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.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
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.