If your looking for a lightweight and robust shovel then the Arva Guard Shovel is the one for you, this avalanche shovel is made out of anodised aluminium withhigh durability, this will allow you to cut through icy snow blocks.
The Y-shaped handle allows you to add the blade so you can do a stability test and use your shovel for hoeing snow jumps or snow caves.
The Y-shaped handle of the Arva Guard Shovel has a spike on the side so that you can break up hard snow.
Telescopic oval shaft.
Slightly raised sides to prevent the snow from falling off.
Boot ridges have been added to the top of the blade in order to stop slipping when digging out a victim.
The Arva Guard Shovel will fit within any avy backpack, We recommend the Ortovox Backpack Range.
The Arva Guard Shovel is part of the Arva NEO+ Safety Package, This Avalanche kit also includes the Arva NEO+ Transceiver and Arva 240 ALP Probe.
How to Shovel Correctly
After reading the depth of the victim using the snow probe move downhill.
Start digging a trench into the snow towards the victim.
The trench should be the same length as the depth of the victim.
This is to allow space to clear previously dug snow.
If multiple shovelers are available then one person should be digging down at the point of the probe and the other people or person should be clearing snow out of the trench to allow room.
These roles should be rotated to keep shovelers fresh.