Aspen Ski Tours, the largest ski tour operator in North America, announces its new comprehensive website for planning complete ski vacations — www.skitours.com. Packages include round-trip air on all major carriers, accommodations, lift tickets, lessons and transfers. Also available are reasonably priced first-class air upgrades. “Our specialty has always been customized ski packages at discounted prices and now on the web we can make it even more convenient to connect to all of “The Best in the West” ski and snowboard destinations,” says Barry Lefkowitz, VP Marketing.

The site features a Specials section with “distressed inventory” packages at larger discounts than Aspen Ski Tours customers have come to expect. Specials can include discounts up to 30 percent or more off list prices for economy to luxury accommodations, all of which can be viewed online. The website includes brochures for every lodging property available this season.

Specials can be found in all the resorts carried by Aspen Ski Tours, including Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Keystone, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Summit County, Telluride, Vail, Winter Park, Big Sky, Taos, Deer Valley, Park City, Salk Lake City, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley, Sun Valley, Lake Louise/Banff and Whistler/Blackcomb.

“This website is a virtual encyclopedia of skiing in the Rockies,” Lefkowitz says. “It has everything a visitor needs to plan ahead in order to maximize real vacation time. We know skiing isn=t just about skiing anymore. Our visitors are looking for other fun things to do and this site lets them explore other options. They can research and plan snowmobile or dog-sled rides, children=s activities baby-sitting and much more.”

“Skitours.com is the one-stop shopping site for getting the best deal on your vacation, for planning what you want to do after skiing and even for planning where you want to eat,” he continued.

Aspen Ski Tours represents over 800 properties and 28 western resort areas. The website lists all major events at all the resorts, including specials for most of those events and includes menus for all the resorts= restaurants. Visitors to the site can find out what has changed and what is new in lifts, ski runs or anything else on and off the mountains.

Last season Aspen Ski Tours booked more than 45,000 clients, continuing its record as the largest domestic ski tour operator. After 29 years in business, it is truly “The Best in the West.” To obtain a 1999-2000 brochure, for further information, or to book a vacation call 800-778-8589 or surf to www.skitours.com.