As I get deeper into the backcountry skiing world I’m learning more about the gear needed. One of the most important parts of a backcountry setup is a good shovel. I’m currently testing out the Arva Axe, seen below.
The Arva Axe shovel is quite cool. It breaks down into 3 pieces for easy storage in a backpack. It has two shovel modes, standard and hoe mode. Hoe mode is in the photo below.
I’ll be putting the Axe to the ultimate test in my upcoming Level 1 avalanche training course next week.
After I’ve had enough time in the field and shoveled enough snow to formulate my opinions, I’ll post my full Arva Axe review. Stay tuned.