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2019 Blizzard Cochise Ski Review

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The Cochise is one of Blizzard's staple all-mountain freeride skis. They are 108mm underfoot and have a rocker-camber-rocker profile. The Cochise use Blizzard's Carbon Flipcore technology (carbon fiber tips and tails) combined with a poplar wood core and two sheets of metal (titanal). This construction reduces swing weight while still maintaining stability and stiffness. The rocker is just enough to add some float without taking away from the edge and turning performance. The turn radius is 27m in the 185cm length. All of this leads to a hard-charging, stable, and demanding ski that can handle all conditions.

The Cochise is an all-mountain freeride ski that has the feel and edge performance of a race ski. It's a very versatile, do-it-all ski for any expert advanced/skier at a big mountain resort. When there is fresh or choppy snow, this ski excels. The rocker combined with 108mm underfoot allows the ski to float, while the stiffness and rigidity drive this ski through chop without major deflection. It blows through crud and cut up snow like a hot knife through butter.

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Because this ski has a more traditional shape and construction, it has great edge performance. The traditional camber underfoot helps the ski hold on firm snow. Additionally, even though the Cochise waist width is 108mm, it tracks well when making a large GS type turn because of its great torsional stiffness. With regards to shorter turns, the Cochise do have a larger radius (27m at 185cm) so short edge-to-edge turns take some effort, but the Cochise have no problem with swing turns. The tip and tail rocker along with the lower swing weight, due to the carbon tip and tail, allow the ski to come around. With all that said, this ski is at home when being driven, skied at a fast pace, and making larger turns. If you are looking for a ski that has a tighter turning radius, the Blizzard Bonafide might be what you are looking for instead.

On 99% of powder days, the Cochise has the waist and tip width to provide the float needed to have fun all day long. The slight tip rocker helps keep the ski from diving into deep snow. With that said, the Cochise don't make ultra smeary turns in powder. They still want to maintain their longer turn radius and be driven through the snow because of their stiffness. This is excellent if you are looking to maintain speed and ski direct lines in the deep snow.

If you're the type of skier that makes powerful turns, wants a stiff ski, or needs a big mountain resort one-ski quiver, the Blizzard Cochise could be the perfect ski for you. Additionally, it would be best to match the Cochise with a stiff boot, so the ski can be driven effectively and used to its full capabilities. If you are looking for something more playful or you consider yourself a less aggressive skier, you might want to check out the Rustler 10 or 11. The Rustler lineup still has metal to provide stability, but the metal is mainly located underfoot to provide a softer tip and tail.

To summarize, this ski will lay trenches on groomers, blast through crud, and float on deep pow days. The Cochise isn't designed to be super playful because it is built for charging all types of terrain at high speeds. These are the primary reasons why so many strong and experienced skiers choose this ski as their daily driver and one-ski quiver.

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Written by Drew Gilmore on 12/20/18

10 thoughts on “2019 Blizzard Cochise Ski Review

  1. Good review of the new Cochise. It certainly has changed over the years. I still ski the first generation Cochise and it was revolutionary when introduced with flipcore and zero camber. While I'm sure the latest version is more user friendly and perhaps even higher performance, I wistfully remember the excitement of skiing such a different ski for the first time. The new Cochise is certainly an excellent ski but has apparently lost that unique feel that used to separate it from the other big mountain chargers.

  2. I own these (bought 'em from you) and really, really like them in the right conditions.
    I have a suggestion. Personally, I would like to have a chairlift chat that defines and explains terms that you use when describing the shape of a ski. For example, I am always confused about the difference between early/late rise in a ski as opposed to rocker. I have looked it up and never really got a good definitive answer. Also things like the more rocker that you have, this is how it will affect the performance of the ski. Things like camber vs. full rocker. I'd bet that there are a lot of skiers who would appreciate that. Thanks!

    1. Hi Scott!

      Sure, we can work something like that in!

      To answer that specific question, rocker and early rise, in my opinion, are the same thing. Camber with early rise is the same thing as camber with rocker. Basically just two ways to describe the same thing. Reverse camber is the same thing as full rocker.


  3. Hi! Great video review. Love the skis and deals that I"ve gotten from you guys.

    I have the blue Cochise, 2016-17 version in 192. Curious to know how the orange version compares to the blue and then to the older "ugly graphics" Cochise that was first version and so well thought of - pre addition of carbon...

    I know that they've shortened the turn radius and maybe softened up the tips and tails to make it less directional, more compliant. Wondering if Bizzard might move back to a more directional ski now that they have the Rustler 11 for those who want a big mountain ski that still has some powder float but don't want the full force turning demands of a Cochise or Bodacious.

    I love my Cochise and am wanting to strategize my replacement purchase for them that will eventually come (hit a rock, blow out an edge, need a new ski). Bodacious or Volkl Katanas for powder (PNW powder/white mud), Cochise for almost everything else. Racetigers (that I bought from you guys for $199!!!! - screaming deal!) for groomer days and ice.

    Thanks for your thoughts and opinions. Love your business model. The 10 and 20% off bonuses, plus free mounting and free shipping. Wow. hard to beat.



  4. I bought the Rustler 11 from you, and I live in Whitefish, MT. so they are great for Big Mountain as we get alot of powder days and the float well on Pow!
    They also rip through crud and groomers like a beast!

    1. Hi Sandy!

      This version of the Cochise is, as far as I know, the same as the version you have. Quite a bit different than the previous version, however. That ski had full width metal and more camber. It was a lot of ski for most people. From what I've heard in our talks with Blizzard, their big mountain athletes actually prefer the new version over the previous ski, even though you could argue the earlier Cochise was a little more powerful. As you know, the ski still absolutely rips, but the tips and tails allow for a little more forgiveness. The big mountain guys like that as they're not always (actually usually aren't) skiing perfect snow conditions.

      If you wanted a stiffer, more powerful ski, the Bodacious would probably be the ticket. They brought that ski back in the same construction and shape as when they first produced it!


      1. Hi Dan!

        Psyched you're loving your Rustler 11s! Those skis are so much fun, such a valuable addition to the Blizzard line.


      2. I’ve been skiing Cochises for the past 9 years. First the orange graphicky ski with the Red Bull eye in 185, then the blue them the current in 178. The first ones were bomber, could not be bothered by crud or tracked out powder. The latter two were still really damp and powerful but springier and easier to initiate. The earlier ones were like imperial cruisers and the latter have a little tie fighter in them.

  5. I am looking into buying a set of Cochise skis. I live in Whitefish and ski Big Mountain a lot. Mostly groomers this past season (my first season up here). I am going to be doing more backcountry and aggressive skiing moving forward. Is this a good back country ski?

    1. Hi Uriah!
      It's a bit heavy for a skinning/touring application, but for downhill performance in the backcountry, it's going to be as stable as it gets. There's lighter options out there in that ~108 mm underfoot category, so if you're looking for a touring ski, I'd look other places than the Cochise. Armada Tracer 108, Blizzard Rustler 10, and Volkl Blaze 106 come to mind. Take care!

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