2022 Blizzard Cochise 106

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lengths: 177, 185, 192 cm
radius: 24 m at 185 cm
sidecut: 137/106/124 mm at 185 cm

The Blizzard Cochise 106 is living proof that there’s a ski out there for everyone. Unchanged for 2022, the Cochise 106 remains one of the burliest and most stable skis on the market, allowing advanced and expert skiers the ability to confidently tackle any hill, mountain, or slope on the planet, and do so with speed, direction, and magnitude. Skiers who value stability over all else will certainly gravitate to the Cochise 106. It’s wide enough to get some serious float through the fresh, but the weight of the ski keeps it from being nimble or agile, unless it’s on the feet of a very skilled pilot. These are the skis that are used in Freeride World Tour applications, and by Blizzard’s highest levels of athletes. Built with a wood core and two sheets of metal, the Cochise 106 even puts in another sheet underfoot just to really seal the deal. In the 185, we’re looking at a 24-meter turn radius and an over 2300 grams per ski weight. This means, quite simply, that the skis love to go straight and fast, while delivering almost no vibrations or stability issues. The amount of taper in the ski is width-appropriate, allowing the ski to plane up and rise over the fresh snow, but it doesn’t make the ski any turnier like more tapered powder skis tend to do.

Rocker / Camber / Rocker
Poplar, Beech
Dual Titanal Laminate
TrueBlend, Carbon
Powder, Big Mountain, All Mountain

On that 185, Josh Wolfgang noted that it was both a good and true size for him. He scored the ski a 5 out of 5 for stability, with 4’s given for flotation, versatility, torsional stiffness, edge grip, and overall impression. Josh likes a nice, stable ski, so it’s no wonder he liked the strength and power of the Cochise 106, especially in that overall impression category. Josh notes that the Cochise 106 “was great to power through all the crud on the mountain. You could point them straight and have the tips dig into the mogul versus deflecting off the tops. These skis are very strong and stable, but they do take a lot of work. Not the easiest ski to relax on for sure, but if you’re confident and aggressive, there’s not much better.” Very true, in that you do need to be an active participant in the process of getting down the mountain, or else these skis will really take you for a ride.

Bob St.Pierre got to ski his 185 tester on a pretty snowy day, so very appropriate conditions for the ski. He did note that the 185 “in this width and what it’s designed for, is on the short side for me. It felt too wide to be this short—I would rather have more ski for what it’s meant to do.” He scored the ski 4’s out of 5 for flotation, stability, torsional stiffness, and edge hold as his high scores, and there were some low ones as well, specifically 1’s out of 5 for playfulness and forgiveness. As these skis fall on the planky side of the spectrum, that’s not terribly surprising. Bob calls the Cochise 106 “very heavy, damp, and stiff. Not a ton of energy, but rather a lot of dampness. These skis plow through rather than float over crud and chop. Very metallic and planky feel and sound to it. You better be a burly and rugged skier with stiff boots and strong legs to get the benefits out of this ski.”

Fun and exciting, the Blizzard Cochise 106 is a true workhorse of a powerhouse of a ski. Advanced and expert skiers who are looking to charge through the powder and crud will love the ski’s ability to tackle the steepest and deepest terrain and conditions on the planet, but it certainly comes at the cost of versatility and ease of use. Nobody’s mistaking these for light, drifty skis—they are designed to be used as more of a point-and-shoot style of ski.

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