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.
Part of Snowball Chalet, the Shaggy Yak Yurt Restaurant is the Madarao meeting place for guests and visitors to unwind at the end of a long fabulous day. Lounge on comfy chairs and cushions with low tables laden with sake, beer, whisky or wine and izakaya-style treats such as gyoza, edamame, yakitori and fresh local produce. From 3pm ‘til late, warm yourself by the fire with your friends and family, recounting your adventures from the day, while the powder snow builds up again outside.
Snowball Chalet is a boutique 3-storey cedar chalet nestled high in the Japanese mountain village of Madarao, just 2 hours from Tokyo in the heart of ‘snow country’. Its been designed to meet your every need for a wonderful winter holiday, combining rustic wabi-sabi character with all the modern comforts you expect.
We offer 9 guest rooms, a comfy lounge area with designer fireplace, 2 stylish o-furo baths, downstairs games den for kids, drying room, views to the forest and a flat 1-minute stroll to the ski slopes. With a focus on comfort, style and good old fashioned mountain hospitality, Snowball Chalet is your quintessential cosy ski chalet in the heart of the village.
At Snowball right when you come off the mountrain you can hang all your gear in the toasty drying room so every morning when you head out you have warm boots and gear so you will be comfortable all day long.
At Snowball Chalet we know whats important at the end of a big day on the mountain... The right whisky, sake, schnapps, wine or beer. You can either lounge around by the fire at Snowball or pop over to the Shaggy Yak next door for your après experience where you can also get eda mame, gyoza, yakitori, salads, chips...
We take our whisky seriously. The Hakushu, The Yamazaki and Nikka Reserve are three of our favourites but it doesn't end there.
Obviously this is an amazing advantage. We follow you across the mountain ensuring you have incredible memories of waist to chest deep powder to take home with you.
We also have a drone service to capture you from on high. You just can't get better footage of your turns.
Love the memories you make!
We learn't waxing from one of Australia's best ski racers and we take it seriously.
Akira and Dylan will be doing most of the waxing for guests for the winter of 2017/18 and are budding scientist at heart so they check next day's weather to make sure they lay the right stuff on your gear.
We only hot wax at Snowball... It means the pores of your base soak up the wax and keep you sliding unhindered for days to come.
We know when you travel you want super nice sheets and warm doonas and we have made sure you get the best of the best!
At the end of the day when you fall into our insanely comfy beds you will be the happiest snow bunnies on the mountain.
All our rooms have the lushest beds that are super supportive and the right kind of soft. The pillows are luxurious and the doonas are warm.
The rooms have toasty adjustable heating so you will never be cold.