Snowball Chalet at Madarao Mountain

We have opened up bookings for season 2019/20 and the rooms are disappearing...

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Living the dream in the Japanese Alps

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.

The Chalet


Madarao is at the heart of the very best of Japan

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!


Lounging by the fire with a drink in hand

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…


The Shaggy Yak

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.


Guest rooms at Snowball Chalet

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.

Snowball Chalet is my little piece of heaven. We skied perfect waist deep powder all day long and then sat by the fire place drinking Japanese Scotch and eating the most delicious food.

- Joachim

Beautiful chalet with lovely and clean bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Super comfortable new beds which is important for us when travelling and skiing. Warm and comfortable chalet with a really nice ambience about it. The owners are extremely lovely and most hospitable. I loved the chalet and would honestly recommend it to skiers looking for extreme comfort with a real 'chalet' feel and unique snow experience.

- Betty

We spent 3 nights at Snowball Chalet and did not want to leave. The location is perfect, 1 min from the slopes!
Such a cozy atmosphere! We have enjoyed every moment spent in the chalet! The common area are so comfy, that it makes you feel at home! This is the place to stay in Madarao! Would love to come back. Dan is very warm and welcoming!
Thanks for your hospitality!

- Aude


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