The Voile Telepro is a great avalanche shovel. The Telepro has a nice, relatively large blade. It is of average weight, but in spite of its larger sized scoop, it is still nicely packable with a telescoping handle that extends to about 40 inches in length. Shoveling is easy because of its superb D-grip. I had a chance to play around with this one and was able to get enough snow moving to shovel up an ugly, but man-sized snowman in minutes! It really makes a difference when you have a good shovel. I was able to handle lots of shovels in various stores, but only when you take them into the field can you really tell if you are using a good model or not. The Telepro is avalanche shovel I can highly recommend, as it is functional and very easily packable. The almost 39 inches of shaft length made it easy on the back and its D-shaped handle provided an excellent grip. This scoop, which is detachable from the handle, is fitted with two small holes on each side of the blade’s edge. When you string a rope through them, you can turn it into a make-shift rescue sled.