I've gotten several questions about what kind of tools to bring up to
work on the Hardrock snow during course marking. The best tools seem
to be hoes (or the double bladed hoe/rake Forest Service version)
because they can move significant snow while clearing a path. There
are other tools that work, including ice axes (but the blades are too
narrow for serious snow movement), foldable military trenching tools
(but the cheap non-military ones tend to break), rakes, and others.
I'm not asking that anyone go out and buy anything you don't already
have. Just see what you have and, if convenient, bring it out to the
course marking as a contingency.