Meh, you might as well get some 110 cm snowlerblades to hop turn on. I guess I'll never get the rocker allure. If it skis like sh!t on everything but bottomless powder I guess I'd rather be leaning rockered/reverse cambered ski turns on a lake than in fresh snow. Maybe if they add a fin to the back I might bite someday.
I hate every spec about my Mavens. The running length is too short (112cm). They're too wide (139 underfoot). Too soft. Torsional noodles. The sidecut feels like a slalom ski (22m?). I might, just, actually have the ability to actually bite through them they're so soft.
But the moment I step on new snow, I start doing things I have never done in my 33 seasons and I'd gladly put up with crappy firm snow performance for those moments of bliss that was previously unimagineable.
You ice dogs (I can call you that, I grew up in MN) have got to learn that people don't care about piste performance in the mountains.
Oh, and on topic- Billy Goating is also rarely seen in films because of the amount of film it takes to shoot a billy-goated line. Shane hated this fact. I, too, find a tremendous amount of joy billy-goating down techy "extreme" lines. I would even argue that billy-goating is the foundation to the fabled "extreme skiing movement." I've seen several billy-goaters win big mountain comps. 60' to stop to 60' to stop to 40' exit comes to mind immediately. Anybody can carve a turn. Few can drop and stop.