Located 35 miles west of Dillon in the Beaverhead National Forest, Maverick Mountain is a small, inexpensive area that attracts mostly local skiers. It remains crowd-free, yet to become a destination ski resort. There are 24 runs with 2,020 vertical feet of skiing. Most of the runs are rated for the intermediate skier. There are some wide-open bowls, meadows, winding runs, and steep chutes. The area gets enough snow -- 200 inches yearly -- to offer some good powder days. Rentals and lessons are available for downhill skis and snowboards. There's a child-care facility, but call ahead to reserve a spot. There are no lodging facilities at the ski area, although there are some nice accommodations nearby. Cafeteria-style meals are available at the base lodge, or you can grab a hot toddy at the Thunder Bar.