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Snow Saw


Any saw designed to cut snow. Used for a variety of purposes - executing stability test in snowpits such as the rutschblock test or the compression test, cutting blocks to build walls for shelter or for a windblock, cutting cornices off, etc.

Several types of snow saws are available, including some which fit inside the handle of shovel and some which can be extended by attaching them to the ends of ski poles. See the CSAC Avalanche Store for details on a variety of saws available.

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