Hi nfip, I really like Madarao and can do a week there easily. Sure, it's not a big place but there are so many different lines through the trees, I never get bored. If it's dumping the tree skiing is brilliant. If you have a car (and god forbid if it doesn't snow for a couple of days) you can also easily scoot over to Nozawa from Madarao for a day to two to break it up. Eating out options are far less at Madarao, but if you alternate between eating dinner at your accomm and the next night out there's enough variety around for a week. Another big plus if you have a car is the ease to get down to Iiyama to hit up the supermarket for goodies and also grab a meal at a large variety of eating options. Hope that helps. P.S. I said to my young bloke last year, that I could also easily base myself in Iiyama for a few weeks. The only downer there is you have to drive to a hill everyday, and when it's puking i'd rather just walk to a lift.