About Avalanche Safety and Backcountry Snow Shovels:
These aren’t the kinds of shovels you use to clean off your parents driveway. They are like the hardened adventurous cousin of your average snowshovel. These puppies are designed to help dig you out after an avalanche. If you are doing any kind of serious cold weather mountaineering there is probably going to be a point where you wish that you could move a large amount of snow quickly before getting frostbite, you may even start to dig with your hands for a moment before you remember that fateful day when you took a leap of faith and listened to a random person on the internets advice and bought a shovel.
That day is today, and I am that stranger on the internet. Imagine how smart you are going to feel when you bust out your durable and reliable mountaineering shovel. Do me a favor and savor the moment when your shovel makes that first satisfying crunch into a virgin pile of snow. There is nothing quite like that feeling of taking control of nature and reshaping so it will stop trying to kill you.
I bet these shovels also work on other stuff too... Give me just a second... Yes. i can confirm that these shovels work equally well on large amounts of ice cream. I know that seems random but one of the most important tests that a utensil can be put through is effectively scooping ice cream without bending. Now go ahead and pick out a shovel, maybe one that matches the rest of your gear, I have 6 gallons of ice cream that I need to be eating.