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Blizzard brought the women their version of the 2012 Ski of the Year - Cochise for 2013. 

See my full review here

2013 Blizzard Dakota 170 CM


The day started out the day with somewhat firm conditions, but with the 76 degree temps in the forecast, we knew that "firm" wasn't a word we'd be thinking of for long. 
First turns off the top of KT22 heading toward the Saddle (Headwall Chair) firm groomers, it was pretty clear that the Dakota was going to be stable, hold an edge and get me where I wanted to go without a problem, but this is not where she would really shine.
Second run, off the top of Headwall Chair, we headed to North Bowl which has a fairly steep entrance, but goes into some moderate size bumps with a little crunchy snow on top, that would begin putting the Dakotas through their paces.
While grouping up with other friends, we took a few runs on Siberia which was already softening up nicely, which is where I played around with turn shape a bit. Its not surprising to know that small radius turns were not a strength, but in medium to long radius turns it was easy to make the transitions, find the sweet spot and bring it around. This made me biggrin.gif

As the day progressed, we found ourselves skiing great spring conditions in chutes, bumps and steeps, I found inspiration and confidence to just go for it. (or as the Blizzard rep says - SEND IT!). To steal from Segbrown's description It was so perfect I don't know how to describe it except to say I didn't even think about the ski all day, really, it was just an extension of my legs. Mostly we skied soft and deep snow in trees and chutes, not super tight but definitely not much wide open. I had little trouble with balance or quickness, they just skied. Whether untracked or not, didn't matter. No tip dive, no backseat, easy in moguls. 
The key difference being that she was skiing powder and I was skiing spring corn, but the description holds true and by the end of the day I said, "I want to own this ski." 

If I were to pick one thing as a con, in the game of pros and cons, is that its not so much fun when you begin to get tired out, while the Dakota doesn't punish you, she just seems to be happiest when you're on your game. 
All in all, women have been asking for real skis and Blizzard is delivering!!


Thanks for reading .....

Edited by Trekchick - 4/23/12 at 9:51am