Snowball Chalet (Iiyama City, Nagano)

Snowball Chalet
Iiyama City, Nagano
スノーボールシャレー (長野県 飯山市)

Snowball Chalet is a Western style lodge located close to the slopes of Madarao Kogen in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture.

Snowball Chalet
Type House / Chalets / Cottages
General location 100m walk to the closest ski course at Madarao Kogen
Nearest ski lift Less than 100m
Rooms & capacity 10 rooms
25-30 maximum
Bedding Western style beds
Style of toilets Western style
Bathrooms All rooms have private bathroom
Tatami mats No
Internet access Free Wi-Fi for all available throughout the accommodation
English speaking? Native English and Japanese speaking staff are available
Smoking policy Non smoking
Pets policy No pets. (Please ask about guide dogs).
Guest Rooms
The rooms are have very comfortable beds, soft doonas and plush pillows.

Most rooms have brand new en-suites with shampoo, soap, conditioner and body wash supplied.

All rooms have heated floors and televisions.

Super soft linen and yukata (light kimono) are provided for all guests to wear around the chalet.

Each room is supplied with Australian powerboards - USA and Euro ones to come.

All rooms have free wifi as well.

One of the 10 rooms has shared facilities - all of the rest have private facilities.
Snowball Chalet, Iiyama, Nagano
Snowball Chalet, Iiyama, Nagano
Snowball Chalet, Iiyama, Nagano
General Facilities
Snowball Chalet is warm and cozy with a beautiful lounge with fireplace, soft comfy couches, a Japanese Ofuro (bath) and games room for the kids and adults who are trying to be kids. The whole chalet has free Wi-Fi and there is cable TV so you can indulge in the Sumo if you are as obsessed with it as the owners are.

The staff also run Madarao mountain tours every few days and so can show guests some of the best places to ski or board (there is so much terrain it is impossible to show you everything). So you won't be missing out on the magic of Madarao.

Madarao sits right in the middle of a ring of 6 ski resorts most of which are around 30 minutes away by car or bus. Guided tours to those resorts are also available so you can experience the local area and get the most out of it.

The local region also has many things to do such as the famous Snow Monkeys bathing in hot springs, paper making, sake brewery tour, soba noodle making classes, meditation with buddhist monks and snowshoeing just to name a few.
All rooms include free western style breakfast. Think muffins, toast and spreads, fresh fruit, coffee, cereals and the like.

Next door is 'Shaggy Yak' which serves Japanese style share plates of yakitori sticks, eda-mame, gyoza, agedashi tofu, nasudengaku.

The Yak has low tables with comfortably backed floor chairs so you can while away the hours after a big day touring or on the mountain.

There is also an extensive wine cellar stocked from France, California and Australia - not to mention a wide selection of Japanese whiskies and sake the likes of which you have never tasted.

For those who are feeling like schnappy time there is also have a selection of traditional and sweet schnapps.
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10% discount for groups that book out the whole chalet (25 people or more).

Discounted lift passes for guests are available.

Help with booking tours etc can be done without any commissions.

There is a ski/board waxing service on site.

Massage can be organised for those who are aching and need help to get right for the next big day on the mountain.
Payment: Cash
Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners and Japanese ones (TBA))
Bank Transfer
Snowball Chalet is just a flat 100 metre stroll to the ski run so you can easily get right on the snow for freshies or a lazy start if you need to chill.

Right at the end of our street is an English speaking ski school who also run awesome back country tours and serve some pretty delicious pizza, snacks and coffee.

The chalet is a short walk 5-10 minutes from most restaurants and bars in town and the natural onsen at the Madarao Kogen Hotel.
By Train
11.3km from the Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
11.3km from the Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
14.2km from the Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
101 minutes from Tokyo Station by bullet train (Hokuriku Shinkansen) to Iiyama Station, and then a short 20-30 minute (dependent on snow conditions) bus ride up the mountain.
By Car
9.6km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
15.9km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
16.7km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: 9.6km from Route 117
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 97
Parking is available for 2 vehicles
Two free car spots at the Chalet. Please call ahead to reserve. There are other free spots in the village as well - pick up and drop off from the car parks can be arranged.
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Snowball Chalet is exactly the kind of place we want to stay at on a ski holiday... it's warm, cozy and full of people who just love Japan, the snow, the culture, the food and the people.

Madarao is a truly unique resort with an amazing amount of snow and awesome terrain for all levels. There are beautiful wide open cruisers for beginners, excellent groomed steeps for people who love carving and the famous tree runs of Madarao which are entirely unique in Japan. Like no other ski resort Madarao Ski Area actively encourages the use of tree runs and they are nothing short of brilliant. Because so many tree areas have been opened up the ski resort has a huge amount of skiable terrain and lots of secret spots to discover.

We absolutely love Snowball Chalet and Madarao, we have created an amazing perfect ski holiday for you to enjoy and can’t wait to share our love of Japan with you all.


Phone number in Australia: +61 402 526 052

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telephone Telephone (within Japan) 090-4595-1999 or 0269-64-3380
Telephone (from overseas) (81)-90-4595-1999 or (81)-269-64-3380
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address Postal address Iiyama 11492-331
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Latest report posted on Sunday 1st April 2018