Maverick is located southwest of Butte in the heart of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Resting off the Pioneer Mountain Scenic Byway, this smaller resort is a quintessential small town ski area. There are 22 named runs spread out over 225 skiable acres with 6 novice, 9 intermediate, 4 advanced, and four expert runs. The ski area has an impressive 2020-foot vertical and has two lifts: one double chair and one rope tow.

Getting Around the Mountain

Beginners are best served exploring the lower left of the mountain. The four beginner trails there intermingle with a smattering of forgiving intermediate trails. Easy Street is a great starting run that leads into Lower Ridge, a gentle groomer. When you’ve gotten your snow legs under you, head higher up the mountain to the intermediate runs that flow down the right side of the mountain. Upper Ridge is a nice intermediate cruiser that leads directly into a run you’ve already tried, Lower Ridge.

For those who are a little more adventurous, the right side of the mountain (left as you look down) has a series of steeps and glades that will challenge most advanced skiers. If you’re after something even more challenging, Maverick encourages skiers to go off the beaten path and explore. There are plenty of unmarked glades and features in the ungroomed territory; enough of them to keep even the most adventurous off-piste skier satisfied. Just remember that when you go off the marked trail to take a radio with you and always bring a buddy.

Après Ski and Amenities

While there is a cafeteria on-site that offers typical fare, there isn’t much else in the way of après ski offered here. If you’re looking for drinks and a more sit-down meal, head east to I-15 and Dillon. Lion’s Den is a rowdy local favorite spot with great food and atmosphere. For some BBQ dining with a unique décor, hit up Sparky’s Garage. When you get there, you won’t even realize it’s a restaurant until you’re digging into some of the best brisket north of Texas.

Maverick also offers a ski school that caters to every level of skier. Whether it’s your first time strapping on a board or a pair of skis, or you’re just looking to sharpen up your skills, Maverick can help. Classes are organized according to skill level, so you don’t have to worry that your classmates will make you feel bad or slow you down. With a full rental shop to get you geared up, Maverick is a mom and pop ski area that delivers the goods.