Absolutely awesome shovel. I've used it for digging snow trenches, and even for digging my car out. Aluminum shovels, although they may weigh a bit more than a plastic shovel, are awesome, because you can handle large loads of snow, and can also help you move a lot of snow quickly, vital when seconds count. I love the telescoping handle. My only beef is the neck of the shovel, which can make you have to adjust the way you pack, because I keep my shovel in my pack, so it can be a bit of a pain to have to pack around the neck of the shovel, or to access items near the shovel, however, with the neck, it makes it super easy to find, because you can find it by feel, which is a good idea, so I think that it is a double edged sword, but works to one's advantage.