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Dave's Wave

Arapahoe Basin

A famously unique spine for the truly adventurous

Ski Touring Severe

1.5 km
0 m
599 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.4 km
High Point
4 km
Dave's Wave Map

Dave's Wave is more of a wind lip that runs vertically down the fall line. This gem is going to take some time to get to, but is totally worth the bragging rights, as very few people have really done it. The "wave" begins to crest about 100 feet down from the top, and due to its west/southwest nature can trap oodles more snow than the surrounding terrain. After dropping in skiers right turns are going to be twice as fluffy as those to the left. Once entering tree line, head skiers left to avoid the massive terrain trap gully at the bottom.



Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between January and May


  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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