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!