Best Skis for Chop and Crud
The 191cm Katana sets the standard for us, and we can’t wait to finally get on the 184cm model this season. The claim that a ski has “no speed limit” gets used a lot, but in this case, it’s true, and there’s nothing we’d rather grab for hitting big faces and bad snow.
The Cochise is a very capable ski in chop and crud, yet it’s also the easiest and most forgiving ski of our selections in this category. That’s not to say that the Cochise welcomes a lackadaisical skiing style, but it is remarkable how hard you can push these skis without them feeling like total beasts.
The hardest question we get asked at Blister is probably, “Cochise or Belafonte?” The rocker profile of the Cochise makes it more conducive to slashing turns and quick pivots, but for fast, fall-line skiing down big faces, tree runs, or mogul fields, we still love the Belafonte.
The 194cm Devastator gets the Newcomer Award in this category. We’ve only skied the 194 so far (we’ll get on the 184 this season), and it’s a big, heavy, extremely stable ski. Reviewer Paul Forward, who’s everyday ski in Alaska is the 193cm Blizzard Cochise, called the Devastator the most stable ski he’s ever been on—more stable than the 193 Cochise, the 188 Rossignol RC112, and the 195cm LINE Mothership . That’s saying something.