It is so hard to keep up because we have just had so much snow and all we want to do is ride ride ride.
After the 46c's of last Sunday we entered a fantastic storm cycle that delivered 1.85m of the fresh white stuff over the following few days.
We have been here there and everywhere. One of our highlights was the joy of a 50cm morning (Tuesday). We headed out on tour to Seki Onsen. Rode freshies there all day long. Seki is a family run resort with just 2 ski lifts that accesses a ...
We woke up to 46cm's of beautiful snow. The white fluffies that make our hearts skip a beat. It is hard to fathom how different the mountain feels when it is bluebird compared to when it is snowing so heavily you end up with a cm or more on your ski jacket just while riding the chairlift.
We have had a sensational day but it has also been interesting. We knew the layers would be weak today so we decided not to go out the back or into the side country.
We set off a few small slough...
We have had a 5 day warm spell... It happens once or twice a winter but the storms always return and we are at the start of the fun again.
We got 30cm's overnight and it has snowed all through the day. We think we will get another 70cm's in the next few days. Adding a meter over a couple of days will be amazing and it is just the thing that amazes us about incredible Japan.
When our guests start exploring Madarao they often return marvelling at how amazing the mountain is. As they...
The report is very late today because there was just no time to sing praises to the gods of snow this morning before become immersed in the mana that fell from the sky overnight.
We scored first lifts on Tangram lift number 1 today which means first tracks through the most perfect steep, fall line trees on the mountain. This is truly the stuff dreams are made of. We rode with our guests Nicola and Lisa and they were absolutely ripping. We even showed them a bunch of our favourite secret...
Mind blown... Where does it all come from. The snow just keeps on falling and we keep riding incredible powder. Powder!!!
We have had to organize extra snow clearing help because there is so much snow and we are being totally engulfed. This is not like anything we have seen before. We are losing the battle.
The snow out there today will be real nice but we think a few of the lifts will be closed because it'll be windy windy windy. It does mean tomorrow will have bucket loads of fr...
The skies have cleared and we can see the mountain again after the constant snowfalls of the last few days. So stunning. We love the view from Snowball Chalet.
Today's conditions are perfect. there are fresh lines all over the mountain and the groomers are silky smooth. A great day to get acquainted with Madarao. These days have been rare so the Snowball Chalet guests are pretty excited.
Pic today is of our beautiful mountain taken from the balcony here at Snowball Chalet.
The accommodation at Snowball Chalet is slowly disappearing as it is being buried by snow. We can no longer see the Snowball Chalet logo on the wall 3 meters above the ground. You can now step off the second floor balcony onto snow. It is unbelievable.
And then we get 76 centimeters of pow pow overnight and Madarao has lit up like a christmas tree. There are fresh lines everywhere and there will be for days. The snow here is producing face shots at every turn. It is just crazy fun to ri...
Well it just keeps on coming and there is a lot more on the way...
This season has been nothing short of sensational. Every guest we have had has scored at least one day of perfect conditions and the ones who have stayed for longer periods have been in powder paradise.
Today will be spectacular with big snow drifts in the trees and the groomers will be yield 30 foot rooster tails with a foot of powder on top of the corduroy.
Pic today of Fuzz well and truly deep in the snow....
Where do we find the adjectives to describe perfection? We are finding it seriously difficult to convey the magnificence of this place.
Here is what we know... When 14 centimeters is forecast and we wake up to thigh deep snow in the snow garden at the front of Snowball Chalet fun will be had. There may be comments such as "Why do I love it so much?", "This snow is perfect", "Oh no... I am never going to be able to ride mountains anywhere else because I have been to nirvana and there is ...
Well that day was proper perfect. We couldn't write a snow report today because it was too perfect and we absolutely had to go riding first thing.
Overnight we had lots of snow... We couldn't work out how much because on one side of Snowball it was 45cm's and on the other side it was 1.2 meters. The difference was because of the wind direction. I guess the true amount was somewhere in between.
The snow started last night with a lot of wind and by morning it was totally calm and ab...
When 20 centimeters of the most perfect light dry snow falls from the heavens and it is still absolutely dumping and you are leaving Madarao and Snowball Chalet the devastation sets in. Then you realise you are saved... You don't need to be at the airport until later and Snowball Chalet is close by Bullet Train so you don't have to be on your way until 4pm. You boot up, strap in and drop into the perfect lines Madarao has to offer.
That was yesterday's story. The Adler group and the Jan...
We scored big time. More than a meter of snow overnight greeted the Snowball Chalet guests. When you arrive at your accommodation in the snow and start doing a snow dance and are rewarded with insane amounts of powder from the skies you know you have good karma. We have Larry Adler and family here and they are very happy indeed and their karma must be very very good!
We had Larry at Snowball last year and he came back to us. Larry has also sponsored Snowball Chalet with Mont.Bell gear f...
Yesterday it snowed lightly all day and the temps were just about 0 degrees. At around 4pm everything changed... the temps dropped to minus 5, the wind came up and white flakes of gold fell from the skies.
We woke up to knee deep snow in the front yard. It'll be proper bottomless up on the mountain. Can't wait to get deep in the deep. Gotta bust out the snorkel though because there will be head high drifts in the trees. Woot woot.
Pic today is young Henry showing us that 7 year ol...
Waking up to another 25cm's of fresh light dry perfect powder makes us happy... Every single time.
Yesterday was so totally perfect. I did a backhand snap that blew my mind. Got to ride with one of our guests Pascal who tore the tree runs apart and we found a totally new area that a whole season of exploration last year had never revealed. I love yesterday and today is going to be just as good. Go Madarao Go.
People often ask me if 7 days or two weeks in Madarao is too long. The a...
After yesterday's stunning perfect bluebird powder day we are back into the next storm cycle.
It started snowing lightly at about 8pm last night adding to the 3 meters of snow of the previous 4 days. We have snow falling in the forecast every day for the next 12 days. The storm won't be the monster we have just had but will definitely create some totally perfect powder joy for the lucky few that are staying at Snowball Chalet. We do have a small three day window from the 5th of Jan in a...
In an attempt to provide you all with information despite the perfect snow calling me up the mountain I am posting a snow report this morning.
This storm cycle has been so spectacular. We have had metres of snow. Honestly have lost count. I can telly you this though... At the start of the storm we had the lawn cleared down to a few centimeters of snow. Check out the pic for the snow shot. Remember we are talking just 4 days. Snowball Chalet is 2 stories high.
Yesterday I blew my m...
We are just so sorry. We have now worked out it is really hard to write snow reports when there is bucket loads of snow cause all we want to do is ride super dry fresh powder puffs of perfection.
It started absolutely dumping days ago and has been that way ever since. The first night of the storm saw 78cm's which we thought was amazing but actually that was just the beginning. Over the next 3 days it seriously never stopped snowing heavily. We have had well more than 2 meters.
Today sees a fresh 14cm's of perfect snow at Madarao Mountain Resort. It came in with no wind so it should be dreamy light perfection.
It snowed very heavily from 8-10pm last night but must have stopped not long after that because at 10pm we had about 10cm's of fresh.
Looking forward to a big day on the mountain today at Nozawa Onsen. The Snowball Chalet team want to go and ride at Nozawa and eat delicious Oyaki Ringo (traditional apple dumplings).
Nozawa is just 25 minutes ...
We have had just 1 cm of fresh snow overnight which won't change conditions much on the mountain. The weather is lovely with sunny conditions making for perfect skiing and boarding.
It is much more fun writing snow reports when there has been a lot of snow but you gotta roll with the punches and remember it can't snow every day although in a perfect world it would.
This evening should see more heavy snow falls but the weather is the weather so we shall see what the snow gods decid...
It started snowing lightly at around 8pm last night after a beautiful sunny day. We have had 15cm's over night and the temp is now -1˚C.
The forecast from this afternoon is saying heavy snowfalls for the next 3 days. The prediction is for around 75 cm's. We will keep an eye on actual depths and let you know what we end up with.
The season was little late (normally we get good snows in the first few days December) but it has arrived with a vengeance.
Standby for updates.<...
After the heavy snowfalls of the previous two days we woke up to perfect sunny conditions on the mountain. Cloud came in around 10:30 and the snow was amazing.
A few of the Snowball Chalet crew caught the number one lift half way up the Mount Madarao and hiked to the top. We had to break trail with snow shoes and skins but it still only took just over an hour because we were absolutely frothing to get that dream run.
Pic from today is a still from video of Jack Forster our Snowbal...
After yesterday's morning snow report it snowed moderately for most of the day with a short period of an hour in the afternoon with no snow. We probably scored another 20-30 cm's bringing yesterday's 24 hour (7pm to 7pm) total to 70-80 cm's.
This morning we are astonished to see another 30-50cm's more and it is snowing super heavy right now. The temp is -4°C in the snow garden at Snowball Chalet
It is so hard to fathom the sensational quality of light dry snow in the volumes it de...
The snow started again in earnest late last night and it is still absolutely dumping.
We have had 40-50 centimetres so far and there is no slowdown in sight. The temperature is -5 degrees.
Again the forecast was wildly inaccurate calling for just 9c's. It is so nice waking up to 5 times more snow than was forecast.
We have now had around 70 cm's over the last two days and well more than a meter in the last week.
Madarao Mountain opens for the season tomorrow and it wil...
We have had light snows most days since the last big snowfall of a few days ago and then last night we had heavy snowfalls for a few hours giving us 20 more cm's to top up the village. The forecast was for just a couple of c's.
Tonight we have another forecast showing 12 c's so we shall see what kinds of brilliance we end up with.
Even now the ski resort has more than enough snow to open and anyone with the legs for it who is in the mood for a hike would have a dream run down cham...
We are so excited... It is currently absolutely dumping with heavy snow falling and 25 cm's since 4am so far. What is even better is that for the next 7 days at least we have snow in the forecast.
Of course the forecast said we were going to get 1-2cm's... 25cm's later with heavy snow still falling we couldn't be happier.
Madarao Mountain is uniquely placed to attract far more snow than it rightly should. If you stand on the peak of Mount Madarao and look...
Last night we had 10 cm's of fresh snow fall from the skies and it has made for a super fun day with excellent conditions across the mountain.
There were no face shots to be had buit we rode fresh March lines all day long with just a handful of people on the mountain.
It couldn't have been more fun in the trees.
Gotta love March Madness.
Today's pic is Snowball Chalet's Harriet in the back bowls of Mount Madarao.
So sorry for the radio silence over the last few days. We have had a bit of everything, wind, very cold temps, rain, warm temps, sleet, snow and madness.
Snowball Chalet has been totally booked out and the crew have been loving life.
We had a fresh top up of 5cm's and the kids at the Chalet are having a ball.
On Monday night we are expecting big falls in the range of 40-80cm's and days of cold temps after wards. Given today there are about 20 people on the mountain we are ex...
The conditions at Madarao over the last few days have been excellent.
Our guests are still finding plenty of fresh in the trees. We had just 1cm overnight which won't change the resort but expect to have excellent skiing and boarding across the whole resort.
This morning bought strong winds but everything has settled down now so it should be a very nice day out there.
It is snowing lightly now so bring your light lens and get on out there.
Today's pic - Emma and Tom po...
We had a forecast of 2cm's and scored 20cm's of the most perfect, light and dry Japanese Powder.
Woohoo... It is going to be fantastic out there will plenty of untracked areas from the day before being topped up.
It is still lightly snowing now so stick close to the trees or in the trees so visibility is good.
Today will be excellent at Madarao with plenty of snow, blue skies this morning and no crowds.
Chinese New Year saw more people than normal on the resort although by all other ski resort standards it was still uncrowded and they are now gone. We have returned to our normal happy place with less people and excellent snow.
There were still fresh tracks to be had all over the resort. Our guests absolutely loved it out there in the trees today. The groomers were also totally perfect a...
Today is going to be absolutely perfect.
There were still fresh untracked lines everywhere when the lifts closed yesterday so all of those spots will be good to go this morning with temps cold overnight.
Inbounds resort riding will be sensational!
Get on it...
In classic Japanese snow reporting fashion they have predicted far less than the massive dump we received and we love it!
We have had more than a metre of the most magnificent Japow. Madarao is truly going to live up to it's Madapow reputatioon today.
Yesterday the Snowball Chalet crew went up and scored perfect powder turns all over the resort.
Today's pic is Ari again discovering that face-shots are awesome!
The snow has started falling at around 6:30 am. We are expecting around 20cm's for the day.
The day will just keep getting better and better. There's still bucket loads of untracked terrain out there from yesterday and today will be no different.
Can't wait to get out there. Woot woot!
Have fun. Don't kiss trees!
Pic today... More of guest Ari from yesterday in perfect light and perfect trees.
Yesterday's 10 cm's has been topped up with another 15 cm's which has well and truly opened up all the tree runs of Madarao. The sun is peaking through the clouds so the riding is very pretty.
There is an excellent base and no people around. There are fresh tracks to be had just about everywhere. We spent the morning doing our best to leave our mark at Tangram. We didn't get close to tracking out even one tree run.
Get up there if you can!
The pic today is guest Ari from Plu...
10 cm's of fresh snow fell overnight.
The resort has had a top up overnight making for some lovely ski runs at Madarao and Tangram Ski Circus today. It's not bottomless but it is definitely nice.
Get on up there for some perfect groomers and powder stashes in the trees.
That's Snowball Chalet and Shaggy Yak on the right in the pic.
We have had a few cm's of fresh snow overnight and it looks like a winter wonderland again here in Madarao.
The conditions on the mountain will be good for intermediates and beginners but we will need more snow to really open up the tree runs. Lucky more cold dry stuff is on the way today and tomorrow.
Get out there...
We have more stunning bluebird conditions this morning with mild temps around -1 c in the village. The afternoon will bring the start of a snow storm which is forecast to drop less than 10 cm's across the resort. Last time they forecast 10 we got 40 so we are all pumped about tomorrow.
We will be getting 4 days of snow with Monday looking like the pick of days with heavy snow forecast Sunday night and Monday morning.
Madapow is on the way!
If you are a fair weather skier or boarder you will love today...
There isn't a breath of wind or a cloud in the sky. It is bluebird in the most extreme sense of the word.
We had no new snow overnight so get out your carving gear and hit the perfectly groomed groomers.
We have snow coming... for four days... starting tomorrow in the afternoon.
Today we will be heading over to Maguse Onsen to watch the sun set up Kijimadaira Valley while soaking in the healing hot water...
The forecast 2 cm's fell yesterday afternoon as perfect light dry snow across the resort.
We woke again to perfect bluebird so skiing conditions across the mountain are excellent. Views are magnificent of course.
There will be powder stashes in all the trees and the groomers will be corduroy joy for those that want to feel the wind in their hair.
Snow has been forecast for Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday so we should have epic conditions all over for the lucky few who w...
For the first time this winter the snow report predicted more than what fell.
We have had less than 5cm's fall across the resort overnight. It is pretty much blue bird out there today.
The riding out there will be fantastic and there will still be loads of fresh dry powder snow in the trees and the groomers will be perfect as temps have stayed low since yesterdays snowfall.
Pic for today is from yesterday's session. Our guest Jason was testing the depth in the trees at Cryst...
We had a forecast of 12 cm's and in true fantastic Madarao Mountain fashion we have had 35 cm's fall at the bottom. Will update with snowfall up at the top later.
The start of the storm came in with a bit of wind which will have filled up all of the tracks from yesterday and then turned to windless lovely light snow making for the perfect face shot producing turns.
We have a forecast of heavy snow tonight as well. Bring it on.
Today is a good day to be alive here in Madarao ...
We haven't had snow for a few days now but the temps have stayed cold so we still have really nice conditions on the mountain.
For those willing to hunt there's still fun fresh tracks to be had in the trees especially in the secret spots in Tangram.
This morning is bluebird so head up to the top of the single chair for stunning photos of Lake Nojiriko, Mount Myoko and the Sea of Japan.
We have heavy snow forecast for tonight... The report is saying just 12cm's but they typic...
We have a perfectly clear bluebird day today at Madarao.
The groomers will be magnificent early and there is still plenty of fresh high quality powder in the trees for those prepared to go hunting.
The Snowball Chalet and Shaggy Yak team are heading into the back country today with North Nagano Outdoor Sports the local guiding company.
We will make sure we share lots of the pics of our imminent mission.
There is a very light snow forecast for this evening. It doesn't l...