Like others have said get one that is made out of metal..
I use a BCA that is years old and I have beat the hell out of it. I have used it to beat on sleds, pry out rails, dig in dirt with rocks, chop wood, clean rails, beat on ice, and oh yea it dug out one guy who got burried in the winter of 01-02....
In fact this is the only piece of gear that I have left or am even using from the winter of 01 - 02. So if I were you I would get a metal BCA shovel..
"I feel better than any other time when I am in the mountains and uh I cant explain it ya know...." - Shawn Farmer..........