I've never been on terrain skiing in North America or the little bit in South America where I really thought I need a technical tool in my hand let along on a harness or in a pack.
France? I can't say that. Stuff gets skied most every were that would likely scare me bad, put me in a pity party and really wanting a rope. Just seems to be easier to access and more common in Chamonix for me. But one thing for sure it is not common need for me.
I used this axe from Camp on a trip of the Classic Haute route from Cham to Zermatt. It never came out of my pack on the couple of small bits of boot packing we did.
Thanks Anthony! Among others Colin, Ueli and Kilian have been standouts for adding new techniques and specialized gear for us all in the last decade and more. Fun trying to keep up! (with just the gear)
Nomic weights are a perfect fit on the Gully tools. And an obvious advantage in anything but neve conditions.