Owing to its enviously diverse slopes of icing sugar “Madapow”, Madarao Mountain Resort is a true treasure. Madarao is within 2.5 hours’ reach from Tokyo, with a comfortable bullet train ride to Iiyama Station followed by a short shuttle bus. It’s here skiers and boarders find 31 unique courses with more than half left ungroomed for the powder freaks.
In addition to the huge amount of snow that Madarao receives, the resort is home to 11 tree runs within the forest – the most of any ski resort in Japan.
All experience levels are catered for. With its generous width and gentle pace, Utopia is one of the courses catering for beginners, while runs like Ninja, with its eight-metre high log jumps, provide the challenges. Runs at Madarao Mountain Resort are designed to employ the features of its natural terrain. The Sawa course is a prime example, its natural half-pipes ensure this tree run remains an experienced rider’s favourite. Since the 2016-2017 season, the resort has incorporated more natural half-pipe terrain into its River Line tree run.
On hand to help guests get the most from the mountain are English-speaking guides, backcountry tours, Freeride Park and Kids Park.
Madarao Mountain Resort
Madarao-kogen, Iiyama City, Nagano
Open: 8:30am-5:00pm / Public Holidays & Nights 5:00pm-9:00pm
Travelling times to Madarao Mountain Resort
Tokyo: 3 hrs (train), Osaka: 5 hrs (train)
Snow depth: Dec 100cm/Jan 270cm/Feb 330cm/Mar 290cm/Apr 130cm
Terrain: Beg 30%/Int 35%/Adv 35%
Longest run: 2.5km
Vertical drop: 440m
Steepest slope: 37°