Generally speaking the probe doesn't hurt and it's better than nothing. The thing is they are usually around 200cm. You really want something around 300cm. Especially for the Canadian snow pack, where a burial has a good chance of being fairly deep. I believe mine is 260cm maybe 240cm. I am getting at least a 300cm probe for this season, maybe a 330cm probe. Even in Colorado with the shallow snow pack, we can still get some fairly deep burials.