Along with Beacons and Probes, shovels are a vitally important part of a skier’s kit that can help in the event of an avalanche. When you or a buddy is caught, the right shovel can make all the difference.
Plastic shovels are for building jumps, not digging someone out efficiently. Look for a shovel with a sturdy Aluminium blade that is the right size for your pack and body type. For most people, many 'strokes' of a small blade is the most efficient way to shovel, only look at a bigger blade if you are very strong. D Grips are the most favourable for ergonomic shovelling, hence the majority of shovels we stock have a D Grip.
The G3 Spadetech and Avitech shovels are well designed, strong, light and easy to assemble. These are essential characteristics of a Backcountry tool that could be the difference between life and death.
Mammut Shovels are some of the most bulletproof shovels around. The stress testing they put their anodized aluminium blades through is top of the class. The Alugator Guide Shovel is bigger and more featured while the Alugator Light Shovel is a simple, lightweight option.