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.
Someone seems to be giving it high scores, but I didn't get that. It was ok, just nothing special. It will be a good place if you are in the region, but not a place you'll be spending time to get to. I would prefer Tazawako in the same kind of general area