The World Now Has a Ski-In/Ski-Out Starbucks

Squaw Valley skiers and riders can now get their 'Bucks fix at 8,000 feet

Ever the consummate innovator, the clever folks at Starbucks have come up with yet another thing we didn't know we needed but are very excited to have: a ski-in/ski-out Starbucks.

The just-opened venue is the world's first (within the Starbucks family, at least), and is located at a staggering elevation of 8,000 feet on the upper mountain of California's Squaw Valley. In a press release, Squaw Valley's president and CEO, Andy Wirth explained the appeal of this skier's answer to a drive-thru Starbucks: "Nowhere else in the world can skiers and riders enjoy a delicious Starbucks coffee without missing a beat on the slopes." (Sounds like a great place to enjoy a Zebra Mocha or a Marble Mocha Macchiato, if you ask us.)

As it turns out, this is not the only one-of-a-kind Starbucks location to make headlines in recent weeks. Back at the end of January, the coffee behemoth unveiled a new, eco-concious outpost in Tukwila, Wash., made entirely of reclaimed shipping containers. Guess there's no telling what they'll come up with next.