At Lake Tahoe's Squaw Valley, the ski resort and the ubiquitous latte purveyor have streamlined skiers and riders' caffeine-grabbing process with the world's first Starbucks location to feature a ski-up to-go window. Now thanks to those combined efforts, local snow enthusiasts can get their morning fix without the cumbersome process of taking off one's equipment and clomping through the lodge in ski boots.
"We worked closely with the design team at Starbucks to create a one-of-a-kind experience that we know our guests will truly enjoy," Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth told OnTheSnow.com. "Nowhere else in the world can skiers and riders enjoy a delicious Starbucks coffee without missing a beat on the slopes."
So, what's it like to order your venti salted-caramel-mocha-cino slopeside? If this video is to be believed, it's a lot less hassle than your workaday Starbucks experience:
The unique Starbucks is located at the Gold Coast mid-mountain complex, which anyone can get to via the resort's funitel regardless of whether or not they're hitting the slopes. It's open as long as the lifts are running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the winter season.