Since you have read our Palaphobia article and giggled a little, but now you are ready to face that fear and accept the reality of life in Truckee involves some time behind the handle. So, what is the best shovel for clearing your deck, removing an inch or less of snow, or for creating that 5 foot buffer to minimize your berms? We spoke to the experts at Mountain Hardware & Sports about the right tools to clear snow faster while putting less strain on your back and arms. Over the years, they have rigorously tested more than a dozen models to find out which is worthy of your hard-earned dollar.

From pushing, to shoveling, and even scraping snow – the following three selections come highly recommended:

  • Garant Poly Sleigh ShovelFor transporting large amounts of snow, the Garant Sleigh Shovel makes short work of the largest jobs. With its extra-large scoop, it allows you to gather large amounts of snow with each push. It also features an ergonomic handle that provides comfort and maximum stability
  • Garant Alpine Poly Snow ShovelIt’s poly blade is reinforced with a steel wear strip to ensure a prolonged life. It combines the best features of a shovel and a scraper; large enough to clear large areas and deep enough to lift a lot of snow. It has the capacity to adapt to the majority of your needs for complete and efficient snow removal.
  • Garant Nordic Sidewalk ScraperCut easily through layers of ice and hardened snow with the Garant sidewalk scraper. This tool is designed for those who want quality tools at a competitive price. It is equipped with a stamped and tempered steel blade for maximum strength. It long thin hardwood handle absorbs shock well and provides you with more leverage for clearing away ice.

Ready To Overcome Your Palaphobia?

Please check out our friends over at the locally, employee-owned gear experts of Mountain Hardware Sports. From cost effective snow shovels to more pricey snow blowers – they are the experts.

Still Feeling Palaphobic?

We get it. Shoveling snow equates to getting math homework over your holiday vacatrion. It’s cumbersome. That is why we advise you invest in a good snowblower, which is like copying your smart friend’s homework the Sunday before school starts back up. Using a snow blower still requires some effort on your end, but the work is minimal. Gas powered blowers are a fantastic tool to have in your snow removal arsenal to help you weather these Tahoe winters.

Unfortunately, when we asked what the experts at Mountain Hardware & Sports suggest, we were informed that our solution to avoiding the dreaded shovel is a very popular opinion. The supply of snowblowers on thier website has been completely sold out and Mountain Hardware suggests that you call them at: 530-587-4844 before coming in to learn what snow blowers they might still have in store.


Elements has been proudly keeping Tahoe-Donner moving since 1979 and we understand that being a newcomer to this area comes with many changes to your daily routine. That is why we offer you a page of local professional services who we have partnered with for MANY years. Please scroll to the “Snow Removal” section for your shoveling service needs.