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Blizzard Cochise review 185cm - 193cm

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skier info 

 

27 years old

165lb

5'10

130-150 days a year

I ski alot of everything but mostly freeski trees

I can turn left and right in various shapes and sizes on most parts of any mountain.

 

Resort

 

Snowbird everything from Icey groomers, to crud, to wind buff, to 2 feet of powder.

 

 

185cm Blizzard Cochise - 135-108-123 -28.5 sidecut

 

got to ski this ski on wednesday which was a day after a storm day with some new opening.

 

Powder - powder is easy to ski on nearly anything with enough girth and lenght and anything not to stiff. open powder at speed its was almost as stable as my 192cm Thugs but was much easier to turn. the tip rises out of the snow really easy and its kills speed whenever you need to. Its is not as good in tight spot as the Katana but its more than make up for it with its other attributes.

 

Crud/tracked powder - Once mineral basin got baked into chunky couple feet deep hard snow, this ski just ate though it with no issues, I d imagine the 193cm would do even better. never got to ski the 193 in really bad crud.  ITs really easy to drive the tips and just power though this stuff

 

Groomer- edge grip in both carved and skidded turns was superb, could be alittle stiff for really short on flatter terrain but more pitch make it bendable to any size. Did hurt my knees on hard pack snow, but not as much as my Katana or other wider skis. The simpliest solution to that problem is just to not ski hard pack.

 

Trees/bumps -  the skis is alot more nimble than you would think and a couple times it felt as if the ski saved me from certain falls.

 

bottomline - a a great (softer snow)everyday ski for people who 'charge" it will work east or west as long A. you can drive it. B. the snow is just slightly soft.

 

193cm Blizzard Cochise - 30 meter sidecut

 

skied during a storm 8-12 inches of new. on Baldy and silver fox and the run outs

 

while the 185 appeals to alot of people, this would be my ski to go to at snowbird nearly everyday with just alittle bit of fresh snow. take the above reviews and basically the skis was just easier balance on at higher speeds. I never found a speed limit on this thing, and no amount of chop, or variable snow could upset it. It was slightly more difficult to ski on low angle slopes, but on steeps open and tight quarters it was a joy and actually pretty easy to ski. It was hard to 'ski" bumps but destroying them was quite easy.

 

It was the "honeybadger" of skis, simply put this ski didnt give a crap what was in front of it.

 

 

thanks alot to wasatchback for the demos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 6

Nice review, and the skis sound universally loved.

Here's my question, if you'd like to answer it, and hopefully it will be useful for more folks than just me: I ski on the non-rockered Gotama. Great ski, as everyone will agree. I would, however, like to join the slarvy rocker party. I do ski inbounds almost exclusively, so I have to be ready to enjoy the chop, skied up bumps, and tight terrain, and therefore think this is probably about the right width versus going up to 115mm or so.

 

My question, finally: can you compare the difference between the two skis on, say, a day with 8-12in of fresh, that gets skied out during the day? In other words, what's this ski going to give me that the old Gotama isn't, and what would be the downsides if any? How much of a "fun factor" difference in the pow do you think the Cochise would make? I would only be considering the 185cm.

Thanks for your thoughts, have a great season.

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Originally Posted by squawbomber View Post

Nice review, and the skis sound universally loved.

Here's my question, if you'd like to answer it, and hopefully it will be useful for more folks than just me: I ski on the non-rockered Gotama. Great ski, as everyone will agree. I would, however, like to join the slarvy rocker party. I do ski inbounds almost exclusively, so I have to be ready to enjoy the chop, skied up bumps, and tight terrain, and therefore think this is probably about the right width versus going up to 115mm or so.

 

My question, finally: can you compare the difference between the two skis on, say, a day with 8-12in of fresh, that gets skied out during the day? In other words, what's this ski going to give me that the old Gotama isn't, and what would be the downsides if any? How much of a "fun factor" difference in the pow do you think the Cochise would make? I would only be considering the 185cm.

Thanks for your thoughts, have a great season.




i have owned the 183 and 190 gotama prerockered....

 

The Cochise is better charger in every condition powder, crud, chaulk, and groomer, but gives up alittle at slower speed especially in bumps, doesnt mean its a bad bump ski just means its not as good as the old 183 gotama.

 

 

 

post #4 of 6

Thanks! I think it's time to go for it.

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Originally Posted by squawbomber View Post

Nice review, and the skis sound universally loved.

Here's my question, if you'd like to answer it, and hopefully it will be useful for more folks than just me: I ski on the non-rockered Gotama. Great ski, as everyone will agree. I would, however, like to join the slarvy rocker party. I do ski inbounds almost exclusively, so I have to be ready to enjoy the chop, skied up bumps, and tight terrain, and therefore think this is probably about the right width versus going up to 115mm or so.

 

My question, finally: can you compare the difference between the two skis on, say, a day with 8-12in of fresh, that gets skied out during the day? In other words, what's this ski going to give me that the old Gotama isn't, and what would be the downsides if any? How much of a "fun factor" difference in the pow do you think the Cochise would make? I would only be considering the 185cm.

Thanks for your thoughts, have a great season.


Hey Squawbomber,

 

Hope you found some good skis. As far as you question; I wouldn't call the Cochise "slarvy" in the way that some other skis are. It has barely any tail rocker.  If you wanted more of a slarvy feel, another ski might be a better choice. If you just want a great all-around versatile Squaw-type ski, you will probably love it.

 

post #6 of 6

Randy's honey badger narration is much better than the original .....

 

Jes' sayin'  ......

 

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