Yesterday I got the opportunity to test out the new 2012 Blizzard Bodacious powder skis. A totally new model from the Austrian ski maker, the Bodacious sports a full sidewall, laminate construction, with a side cut of 142-118-132. Designed with input from pro-rider Arne Backstrom, they feature an early rise rockered tip, subtle rockered tail and are perfectly flat under foot. I found this model to be leaps and bounds above the older Blizzard boards. They skied much like a wide, rockered GS ski, though didn't feel as stiff on the snow as they did when I flexed them in the shop. The Bodacious proved to be very versatile, stable on ice and hardpack, even at high speeds, and skied like a dream in powder, very floaty, stable and quick at the 186cm length.
I also, tested the Blizzard Cochise. The little brother of the Bodacious, the Cochise is 108 under foot, with the same construction and early rise design. The Cochise skied just like a narrower Bodacious, much more versatile in tighter terrain, and still great in powder.
Overall a 2 thumbs up! I was sad to have to bring these back to the shop at the end of the day. I definitely recommend trying a pair if you have the means.
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