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2013 Blizzard Cochise


Pros: Likes it steep

Cons: Heavy at slower speeds. Add some camber, the ski would be more versatile.


As from last year....Arnie was right, Flipcore works, Period. How could such a simple idea be so effective in redefining how a ski is made? Amazing. At 108mm underfoot,flat underfoot with early rise is the tip and tail makes the sweetspot very well the largest in this segment.  If you have a tendency to get thrown around in heavy crud and muck conditions, the Cochise needs to on your short list of skis. 


After spending more time on the Coshise, one of the characteristics that I discovered of the Cochise is that the ski likes steeps. The steeper, the better the ski performs. The Coshise is much more of a charging ski than a finesse ski, it wants to be going big and going fast. The Cochise seeks out one thing...gravity. If this ski only had some camber underfoot, I think it would be a bit more playful without loosing what we like about it. 


Environment & Conditions:

Location of Test: Squaw

Number of Runs: 3

Snow Conditions: Mixed

Demo or Own: Demo



Tester Info:

Username: Philpug

Age: 48

Height/Weight: 5'10" 185lb

Ski Days/Season: 60+

Years Skiing: 35

Aggressiveness: Moderate (Finesse) 

Current Quiver: 13 Blizzard Bonafide, 13 Blizzard Gunsmoke, plus various vintage skis

Home Area: Squaw & Northstar

Preferred Terrain: bumps, off-piste, trees



Pros: Flipcore, sidewalls

Cons: Graphics

Just picked up on pro form next years skis. I fell in love with the current model on a firm day at my local hill. My first experience riding rockered skis here in the east was not inspiring so I approached this ski with caution. I had expected a nervous ski but was surprised with the performance on hard pack. I have also ridden them in spring slush and they just crush the slush. I might have considered the narrow wasted models if I my intention was to have a one ski quiver but I have several pairs in different widths so these were a good choice. I give them two thumbs up. Now where is that Damm powder????

2013 Blizzard Cochise

Voted by Ski Magazine as the #1 Ski for 2012, the Cochise is back for 2013! The Cochise is made for all mountain Ninjas who are looking to tear up the entire hill. Flipcore makes this ski extremely easy to handle, giving you a super smooth and consistent performance, and at 108 underfoot you’ll enjoy tons of stability for attacking the entire mountain. The Cochise featuring Flipcore technology won Innovation of the year at ISPO 2011. Construction: Sandwich Sidewall Titanium + Woodcore + ISO-Core + Bamboo + Titanium Technology Features Flipcore 3D Sidewall Camber Rocker Tip & Tail, Flat Underfoot

Turn RadiusRadius 28.5 m (185 cm)
Constructiontip / tail rocker
Core MaterialWood/Bamboo/ISO- Core/Titanium
Binding IncludedNo
Recommended BindingN/A
Recommended useOff-piste
Binding TypeFlat
Recommended LevelExpert
Model Year2013
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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