BEST FOR: Pounding, chatter free, on the back side.
THE TEST: By flipping the core of the ski in the mold, Blizzard fixed one of the downsides of rocker—that fluttering you get on hardpack. Our testers gushed about how buttery and powerful the Cochise’s handling was on crud and dense snow. But they also raved about how easily it manhandled soft snow.
THE VERDICT: “Perfect big-mountain ski,” said one tester. “Takes anything in its path.” At only 108 millimeters underfoot, though, the Cochise won’t be spraying water-ski turns. 135/108/123
Hard-Snow Pleasure: 4.8