Longtime reader, first time poster here. It's a great site, and I love the discussion. I've done thorough searches on the Bonafide and Cochise, but haven't seen this specific question addressed.
Last year I purchased the 180cm Blizzard Bonafide, and I absolutely love this ski. The only area it lets me down is in 12+ inch powder, and heavy PNW mank. It's not that it won't handle these conditions, but I have to slow down and make more turns. I'd like to be able to really blast in the deep conditions and not worry about going over the front end. The Bonifide replaced a pair of way too old Rossignol Bandit B2s as my one ski quiver (I will NEVER again go 10 years without new skis, I had no idea what I was missing).
I'm thinking hard about adding a 2013 Cochise 185cm to my quiver. I love that stable blizzard feel, and want something with a bit looser tail, more stability, and more float in soft, deeper, or heavy conditions. Per the typical advise on epic, I know that the Cochise would pair best with an ~88cm all mountain ski, but I'm stuck as I already own the Bonafide. I haven't actually skied the Cochise, but in speaking with several people who have skied the Cochise and Bonafide, reports are they are definitely different skis with fairly different strengths. I should also add that I'm getting a great deal on the Cochise from my local shop. I'd consider the Moment Bibby or ON3P billy goat, but want to support my local shop and they aren't a dealer. My choices are Blizzard, K2, Line, Volkl, Rossignol, Salomon.
I've also considered going to 115+ cm powder ski, but I've struggled with the lack of versatility this option would present. Sure it would be great on the really deep days, but what about typical resort chop at the end of the day? In all reality, there are a whole bunch of 8-10 inch days where the Cochise would be ideal, but I think a 115+ powder ski would be limiting. Even on a true deep day I enjoy carving up a groomer or two to warmup and rest the legs. The Salomon Quest 1115 has been a top option, but I don't know that I'll love this in the rough chop at my 200lb weight.
About me: 5'9", 200lbs, 33 years old, been skiing for 30 years, advanced/expert directional skier, try to get around 20 days in a year. I love to ski fast, 80% off piste if the snow isn't terrible, but I don't do tricks or huck off of anything. My home resort is White Pass in the Pacific Northwest, with a couple of week long trips all over the West Coast.
A few other contenders on the sale rack:
2013 Salomon Rocker2 115 188
2012 Line Influence 115
2013 Line Influence 115
2012 Volkl Katana 184
Thanks for your help!!