I originally posted this under the discussion of the Cochise in Member Gear reviews, but only got one response (thanks Wasachback). The question was probably posted in the wrong place to have much viewing.
I'm thinking of getting a Cochise or something similar (110 range or slightly bigger) for my 16 year old daughter. Her free ski the last couple of years was a Watea 94 in a 178 and she skied these without any difficulties. Choices so far include the 177 Cochise, 176 Elan Olympus, and 177 Kastle BMX108. She is a 2nd year FIS level racer, skied 100 plus days last year, and is strong for a 125 pound girl (lifts 3x per week, olympic lifts, squats, etc &, bikes or runs most of the other days for dryland). Since she has been quite dedicated to both her studies and ski training this year, I want to surprise her with a ski that is more oriented toward powder than the Watea, but on which she can ski hard. I'm also looking for a more traditional ski (not a highly rockered twin) while she is still racing. Her coach thinks something in this category would be good, but my worry is her weight with these beefy skis. I don't have much of a feel for the stiffness of these skis as none of the stores in the Banff area have them (no one in Banff carries Blizzard or Kastle), and the stores in Calgary (70 miles away) won't get the skis fo a while. We are still in the "research" stage of ski shopping, so suggestions would be good about the Chochise or other skis that might work.
Her other skis include 165 Rossi SL, 182 Rossi GS, 203 Rossi SG, & 210 Atomic DH. She uses the Rossi Radical ZA boot (120 stiffness).
Any suggestions from the lighter folks who have skied these skis in a smaller length?
As an aside, she skied the 170 Volkl Aura a few years ago and loved the ski, but wanted something a bit bigger and beefier, but she got the Watea (longer) because it was on sale. The Aura became a hand-me-up for my wife, who now loves the ski. One of her peers skied the 178 Kiku and found it less than satisfying.