Madarao Mountain Resort resort review (Iiyama City, Nagano)

Madarao Mountain Resort
斑尾高原
Iiyama City, Nagano
Submitted by iiyamadude on 21st July 2018
Getting to be very popular
Madarao isn't the biggest ski-jo out there, so you might be surprised to see at just how popular it is becoming with the 'inbound' crowd.

The last few years have seen a noticeable increase in the number of foreigners out there and more than a few old accommodations being bought up by overseas money. From what I hear, that has only increased this year.

Madarao is one of my locals and I do like it and always have. The resort itself has seen numerous changes over the last handful of years with a bunch of "powder tree runs" opening up. And they are surely one of the reasons for the increase in popularity.

It sits above the main Iiyama city area and on the map you can see it kind of between Myoko and Nozawa. In a really good position really.

The snow is usually really good, though it's not as guaranteed as Shiga Kogen.

It is connected with Tangram Ski Circus - that area is more geared towards families and 'play in the snow' kind of activities, I would say. Though there's some decent runs over there too.

Worth a visit - as it the wider area in general.
Date visited: No specific date.
Snow condition on visit: Usually really good; but not always
Things I liked: The tree runs, the views
Things I didn't like: Not as keen when it gets busy
Recommended for: Beginner riders
Intermediate riders
Advanced riders
Skiers
Snowboarders
Not recommended for: Apres-ski
General score: 75
Snow conditions: 80
Courses/Terrain: 75
Lift system: 65
Apres ski: 25
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Madarao Mountain Resort

斑尾高原
Iiyama City, Nagano
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Average Rankings

General score: 85
Snow conditions: 90
Courses/Terrain: 83
Lift system: 72
Apres ski: 46

Basic Resort Statistics

Max. elevation: 1350m
Min. elevation: 910m
Vertical: 440m
Steepest slope: 36°
Longest course: 2500m
Number of lifts: 15

Other resorts nearby

Tangram Ski Circus 5.50km
Akakura Kanko Resort 17.90km
Ikenotaira Onsen 17.90km
Akakura Onsen 18.60km
Togari Onsen 18.70km
Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira 18.90km
Kurohime Kogen Snow Park 20.30km
Myoko Suginohara 21.50km
Iiyama Kita Hokuryu Onsen Family 21.70km
Yamabiko no oka 22.10km
Nozawa Onsen 22.80km
X-JAM Takaifuji 23.50km
Myoko Ski Park 23.60km
Kyukamura Myoko RunRun 24.40km
Seki Onsen 24.90km
Kita Shiga Komaruyama 25.20km
Iizuna Resort 25.70km
Ryuoo Ski Park 26.20km
Yomase Onsen 27.20km
Iizuna Kogen 28.80km
Lotte Arai Resort 33.40km
Togakushi 34.60km
Sakae Club 40.10km
Shiga Kogen Sun Valley 40.70km
Shiga Kogen Maruike 41.40km
Shiga Kogen Bunadaira 41.80km
Shiga Kogen Giant 41.80km
Shiga Kogen Nishitateyama 41.80km
Shiga Kogen Hasuike 42.00km
Kanayasan 42.10km
Shiga Kogen Kidoike 45.20km
Shiga Kogen Higashitateyama 46.10km
Shiga Kogen Takamagahara Mammoth 46.50km
Shiga Kogen Terakoya 46.50km
Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu 47.00km
Shiga Kogen Shibutoge 47.00km
Shiga Kogen Tannenomori Okojo 47.00km
Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama 47.00km
Shiga Kogen Ichinose Family 47.50km
Shiga Kogen Ichinose Diamond 47.70km
Shiga Kogen Ichinose Yamanokami 48.30km
Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort 48.40km
Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama 49.10km
Minenohara Kogen 49.20km
Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen 52.00km

Location of Madarao Mountain Resort