The ON3P Billy Goat has undergone some minor tweaks for the 2016 season. New this year is a slightly shorter tail (same contact points), that are designed to make it slightly more nimble and maneuverable. We didn’t find it made a very noticeable difference from last season, and the Billy Goat is still the same ski that we know and love. The biggest reason we love the Billy Goat is because it is both playful and hard a charger. Its soft snow and crud busting capabilities are almost as good as the ON3P Wrenegade, but when the snow really starts to pile up, the Billy Goat is so much more playful. It has great float for a 116 (186cm) waist, and the Reverse Elliptical Sidecut ensures a surfy ride. It’s also the RES that ensures enough edge hold on the days the snow isn’t as deep.
2016 ON3P Billy Goat On Mountain Video Ski Review
Conditions: Powder, Soft Crud (5”), Groomers, Hard Pack
Boots: Rossignol Alias Sensor 120
Bindings: Tyrolia AAAttack 13
On the Snow Feel: The ON3P Billy Goat is a heavy ski, weighing in at over 5 lbs a pair on the 186cm, but it’s that weight that lends to such a stable and damp ride. However, the Billy Goat really is the best of both worlds, and for such a stable ski, it has a lot of surfy playfulness.
Powder: The ON3P Billy Goat is one of the most fun directional powder skis we have ridden. Sure the Cease and Desist (ON3P’s 127mm powder specialist) has better float, and is a ski that powder fiends will love to have for the deepest days of the year, but the Billy Goat is so much fun in the soft snow, and a lot more manageable than the C+D. The pintail design helps to ensure the tails sink into the soft snow, giving you more control, and maneuverability, but the real star is the Reverse Elliptical Sidecut (check out the ON3P website if you want more details). When RES is combined with the long (43cm), high profile rocker tip, it provides some of the best float we have had in a 116mm ski. The ON3P Billy Goat is also really versatile in these conditions, and I found it easy to make surfy turns from side to side, or point it a bit straighter and lean forward for a few more face shots. Turns of all shapes were pretty easy to initiate, and even at slower speeds I found I could maneuver the ski pretty well (although it does take a bit more work). Definitely not as surfy as reverse camber, but still super fun in the soft snow.
Turn Initiation and Carving: I think the biggest surprise is the maneuverability. I wouldn’t necessarily say that the ON3P Billy Goat is dead easy, nor is it a super nimble ski. It’s still a stiff, heavy, hard charging ski, but it was much easier to pivot than expected (although it’s still a bit of work at slower speeds). The Elliptical Rocker Profile helps to smooth out edge engagement, but it still takes a bit of speed to get the ski on edge. Once on edge, the shape of the Res seems to help the skis edge to engage quickly and provide you with stability you don’t normally find on wide powder skis. The biggest surprise, however, is the responsiveness and ability to adjust turn shape. This is in part due to do with the Reverse Elliptical Sidecut in the tip of the ski, but a more traditional sidecut in the tail. This allows the ski to carve fast, long radius turns (28.4m radius), but also make quicker short and medium radius turns as well. I definitely wouldn’t want to ski the Goat if I’m planning on spending a lot of time on the frontside, but it’s still plenty capable of carving deep trenches, especially when the snow is soft. Once things harden up, it’s definitely a different game.
Speed: If you really like a fast directional powder ski, the ON3P Billy Goat should be on your radar. The Billy Goat has a long radius (28.4 @ 186cm), and it’s quite happy blasting down the mountain at high speeds. The bamboo core provides a damp character, and when combined with carbon stringers, and vibration dampening strips, you have a ski that remains stable at any speed.
Uneven Terrain: The ON3P Billy Goat is almost as good in the crud and chop as it is in the powder. The large tips and high profile rocker really do a nice job of smoothing out the terrain. The RES helps to keep things maneuverable, and it was still quite easy to make any kind of turn in the soft chop. These skies are powerful, and when you lean into the tips you’re able to slice through the crud with ease. I wouldn’t say that the Billy Goat has the same blast through anything at any speed dampness as a ski with more metal, but I was able to push the Billy Goat pretty hard without getting bounced around. In the soft chop (5”-10”) you usually find after a resort powder day, the Billy Goats really shine.
Moguls: The ON3P Billy Goat is a bit too much for a good mogul ski. It’s maneuverable, but not necessarily super quick. The Billy Goat makes a fine tree ski, so long as you have a bit of room between turns (ei…not super tight).
Edge Hold: You won’t be laying deep trenches on the hard snow, but the Billy Goat will provide a stable, predictable, and consistent edge hold. It’s most at home in the soft snow and crud.
Flex: The Billy Goat has a nice medium/stiff to stiff flex.
Switch: The ON3P Billy Goat is a directional powder ski, and not the best switch.
Jumps and Park: While this definitely isn’t a park ski, it’s great for landing big jumps or backcountry drops.
The ON3P Billy Goat is a great ski. It’s a little hard to understand at first, but once you get some time on the ski it’s easy to see its character. The Billy Goat is a directional powder ski, which is both playful and stable. It’s at home in the powder, but it’s also quite happy making long radius turns at high speed in the soft snow, or blasting through the crud and chop. Edge hold is decent, but it definitely likes the soft snow best. It may not be the best in category for any one criteria, but it has a great blend of easy going maneuverability, and hard charging stability. It’s this blend that really makes the Billy Goat so much fun. It’s definitely not a dead easy ski, and so beginners and intermediates should shy away, but for the advanced or expert skier that’s willing to work a bit, the ON3P Billy Goat should be on your list. Float the powder, blast through the crud, or speed down the mountain at high speed. The Billy Goat has your back.