Over the seasons, I've had the privilege of working with many a professional pit digger, taught avalanche courses to hundreds of skiers, splitboarders, snowmobilers, and backcountry enthusiasts, and performed thousands of snowpack tests in the process. The snow saw is one tool that I've found important to perfect. Snow saws are usually too heavy, too flimsy, too expensive, not the right shape, don't have a good sheath, etc. I like to think of this as my "pro model" snow saw. It wasn't designed by some engineer in LA. It was designed by an avalanche professional who has been digging snow profiles as part of his job for years, doesn't want to carry extra weight, slices up lots of snow, and understands the intricacies of what makes a good saw. The snow saw is a fairly simple design with a few key features, because the snowpack can be complex, and its all about helping us to perform standardized tests so that we can better wrap our heads around that.
Thanks for reading, thanks for your support, and happy snowpack testing!
Additional info about me on NWAC blog: https://medium.com/northwest-avalanche-center-nwac/meet-matt-primomo-265970b2dd29 -Matt Primomo
Avalanche Specialist at the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC)/ AMGA Certified Ski+Splitboard Guide