The Chugach Pro EXT Shovel is, like the name implies, a professional grade shovel. I had the chance to try it out on a warm day (at the Alpental parking lot) when the snow was nice wet and heavy. After I had a chance to try a few different shovels in the course of this review, I must say that I was more than pleasantly surprised about how sturdy this one feels. The oval shaped design makes the shaft very durable and adds increased strength. The Chugach has a big blade, which is flattened at the bottom, and enables you it move heaps of snow at a very fast rate. It is a bit bigger than most of the shovels I tested, but in case you need to be part of an avalanche rescue, you know you’ll be highly prepared.