(Heavenly Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) -Skiers and riders around the world are making it their New Year’s resolution to head to Heavenly in 2005 after a monster winter storm dropped as much as six feet of new snow on the resort in the past 24-hours. Snow totals for this recent storm are up to eight feet of light, dry powder on the upper portions of the mountain just since Monday.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with an eight-foot powder day,” exclaimed John Wagnon, Heavenly vice president of marketing. “This could, quite possibly, be THE storm of the decade! You simply don’t get this kind of snow anywhere else in snow country. These days are rare and not to be missed!”

While long-time locals are saying the snow conditions simply don’t get any better, meteorologists are saying they will. Weather forecasts are currently predicting the snow to continue to fall through the remainder of the holiday weekend with several more feet of snow possible by Wednesday of next week.

Resort snow totals are increasing at dramatic rates. For the holiday weekend, Heavenly is scheduled to be 100 percent open with 4800 acres and skiing and riding in two states. Snow conditions are phenomenal with powder, skier packed powder and machine-groomed packed powder surfaces with a base depth of up to eight feet.

Heavenly will be greeting 2005 in true powder-style. Heavenly and Embassy Suites Resort have teamed up to offer the “Powder Fever” package complete with two days of skiing and riding, three nights deluxe accommodations, a complimentary “Powder Fever” après-ski drink at Echo Restaurant and complimentary “powder” breakfast all for the low price of $405 per person (based on double occupancy, midweek stay). Package is valid the month of January 2005, Sunday – Thursday, excluding January 9-16, 2005. Deals like this won’t last forever; this package is only available as long as this storm keeps it snowing! Heavenly Sports is also offering 30 percent off retail price on all powder skis. To book this package or for other powder package options call Heavenly Tahoe Vacations at 1-877-243-0010.

For current mountain information, please log onto www.skiheavenly.com or call 775-586-7000.