After traveling the world and working 7 back to back ski seasons, Dan and Andy Solo have finally found the perfect place to settle their skis and snowboards and share their love of adventure and snow with guests from all over the world. Without a doubt, Japan is the best destination for a winter holiday! The wonderful people, fabulous food, powder snow, incredible culture, history, bullet trains, sumo, gardens, sake, scenery, temples, onsens (hot springs), ice sculptures, fire festivals… the list goes endlessly on.
Snowball Chalet is our boutique 9-room ski chalet in the heart of Madarao village, just 100m from the ski slopes (and an easy 2hr trip from Tokyo). Built in stunning cedar wood, its been lovingly renovated with plush new carpets, designer fireplace, Japanese o-furo bathtubs, comfy couches, downstairs games den, new bathrooms, drying room for your ski gear, quality furniture and lovely Japanese art, features & photography. Its the perfect place to unwind with a wine or whisky by the fire, with your friends or family, after a big day on the mountain.
In under 2 hours you can travel from Tokyo Station to Snowball Chalet, ready to strap on your gear and hit the slopes (or kick back and sip your sake). And if you need a change of scenery, Madarao is in the middle of a ring of fantastic ski resorts, most of them only half an hour away. We run tours to nearby resorts so can enjoy the best of Madarao or head to the closest cranking mountain!
After a big day on the mountain there is no better way to while away the evening sitting by the fire at the Snowball Chalet with drink in hand listening to cruisy tunes reading the book you have been dying to read for the last year. Whatever your winter wonderland entails, Snowball Chalet can provide your perfect Japanese holiday. So live the dream and book your room now…
Guests can head right next door to our Shaggy Yak restaurant for delicious Japanese snacks plates, hearty meals, fresh salad and a fine selection of whisky, wine, sake and beer and other goodies. It also features a lounge area with fireplace and fine vinyl spinning tunes from Japanese jazz to Michael Jackson.
We've designed our boutique guest rooms to feel special, comfy, warm and inviting. We hope you feel like you want to stay there forever, snuggled up, looking through the falling snow to the mountains beyond with all the comforts you need and want.