Ski In, Ski Out Starbucks Debuts at Squaw Valley

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The ceremonial opening of the world's first Ski-In, Ski-Out Starbucks; photo courtesy of Squaw Valley

It seems like there are Starbucks everywhere… except when you need one. Like at the middle of the mountain when you’re skiing and you want cappuccino that doesn’t come from an instant hot chocolate machine. And that’s why I’m in awe of the world’s first ski-in ski-out Starbucks, which opened on Saturday in Squaw Valley, CA.

The best part of this Starbucks is that it has a takeout window — that’s what makes it truly ski-in ski-out. Therein lies the brillance. You can get a drink or a snack without removing your skis! I hate having to take off my skis, prop them up against the fence along with my poles (have them fall down and possibly knock over other people’s skis) only to walk with that awkward gait that ski boots give you. I always feel like I’m going to fall, especially when I get inside and the floor is wet and slippery. I’ve often though that the hardest part of skiing is not what happens on the actual mountain but dealing with all that gear… But at least a dose of caffeine makes it a little easier!

4 Responses to Ski In, Ski Out Starbucks Debuts at Squaw Valley

  1. Monica
    Twitter: monica_micu
    February 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    that is really WOW! I’ve skied in the US three years ago (Deer Valley) and I cannot stop dreaming that one day all the ski resorts in the world will be so customer-friendly that the ones in the US. On Saturday we are going for a week at San Candido (Northern Italy). i will definitely let you know if the resorts in Europe climbed another step on the happiness ski scale:)

    All the best,

  2. Beth Blair February 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    Now that is a dream-come-true!
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  3. Annette | Bucket List Journey
    Twitter: luckyannette
    February 17, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Now that’s the BEST idea I have heard in a long time, especially since I’ll be there next month :)
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  4. Simon Lee March 3, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    We went to Squaw Valley last year during business trip, not for skiing but having a site seeing:) Will definitely try out the skiing experience during our trip middle of this year:)

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