Hoping someone can help me make a decision on moving from a ’09-10 Line Prophet 100 (163cm) to a 2012 Blizzard Cochise (177cm).
Here are my stats:
Current Ski: Line Prophet 100 / 163cm
Skis: Out west. Off piste whenever possible. Love trees, soft snow, chop, fluff. I’m a mountain biker so piste tends to bore me. But since I live in the midwest (only ski out west) I have to have a ski with me on my trips that can handle groomers and firm snow too.
Skier Level: Advanced Intermediate (??)
Here are two short recent vids of me skiing--might help you better determine if I can handle a Cochise. I've only been skiing for 3.5 seasons, so I know I'm going to become more polished over the coming years:
I’m thinking of moving to the Cochise the season because of the rave reviews and because it sounds like what I’m looking for to improve my one ski quiver. Also, the 163cm twin tip I'm on now is pretty short for me now at my level of skiing. I'm looking to move into a longer ski. My weaknesses on the mountain are high speed GS turns and bombing straight down anything. I don’t feel real comfortable at speed on my skis… tend to feel like I’m being bounced around and knocked off line/tips hooking, etc. Also, while I can carve well on softer snow, I tend feel minimal grip on icier slopes with the Prophets. I know the solution would be to buy a carving GS ski. However, I live in the Midwest and travel out west 5+ times a season and need a one ski quiver. The Cochise sounds like it would handle/carve up groomers and firm snow better. Also sounds like the Cochises would bust crud and straight line better.
In saying this all, I absolutely want a ski I can twist and turn through trees on and that is fun to play on. I don’t want a super stiff boring board for doing mach 5 GS turns. I like to play in tighter spots and have good control. I don’t weight much, so I can’t handle a really ‘strong’ ski that will fight me. After I’ve read all the reviews, reading forums and watching the vids, etc… It looks like the Cochise would be an awesome ‘do it all’ ski for out west, for the skier who loves to be off piste, but will have to rip the groomers too. I’m hoping some of you out there have had experience with both of these skis and can better help me make a decision with your input.
Thank you in advance for any help!
Edited by Benflow - 12/7/11 at 4:03pm