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Watson Shelter

Alta Ski Area, UT
Watson Shelter Mid Mountain Lodge

Jacoby Architects designed the new Watson Shelter mid mountain lodge at Alta Ski Resort as the first building of the planned skier services improvements in the Collins Gulch area of the resort. Located at a mid-mountain elevation of 9,300 feet, the facility will continue the renowned tradition of mountain hospitality established in the original Watson Forest Shelter in 1939.


Working within a compact footprint established in the Forest Service approved Master Development Plan, the building is organized in three levels of approximately 5,000 square feet, each on a sloping site with each floor accessible from grade by way of variously configured exterior decks.


The building’s aesthetics result from a selection of materials appropriate to its mountain environment, the desire for unimpeded views of the spectacular alpine setting, and facilitation of maintenance.


The program consists of a full-service restaurant serving 58 guests from an on-site kitchen at the upper level. Cafeteria service is provided at the middle floor with 196 seats distributed on the middle and upper floors. The lower floor accommodates a skier services desk, a small retail and demo ski operation, coffee bar, public restrooms, employee living quarters, and receiving, storage and food preparation area.


Award: 2008 / 2009, Best Mid-Mountain Lodge from SKIING Magazine

Size: 15,000 square feet

Budget: $4.8 million