35 cm of fresh snow! It's almost unfair to review a mountain under those conditions...
I first skied Madarao five years ago. It was my first introduction to Japanese skiing, and despite what I felt were some shortcomings (old, double and triple chairs; no off trail allowed) I liked it even so. Since then there have been some great improvements - another detachable quad, and the tree runs! (More on them later)
It was a 3 day weekend, so decided to make the most of the extra day and mega-dump of snow by heading to Madarao with my ride buddy. We were not dissapointed and I would guess that there was a good 50cm of fresh, light powder for us to enjoy!
Madarao is a medium sized resort just on the Nagano side of the border with Niigata near Lake Nojiri. It is joined to Tangram and a a ticket is available for
Easy to get too as well from Nagano and nicely placed kind of between Myoko and Nozawa, not far from Shiga Kogen either. All in all it's a great region to be in and you could spend a long time exploring.
So back to Madarao. The snow was awesome when we were there but it was quite busy. I suppose the same two things were likely seen at all nearby resorts as well.