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Watson's Shelter

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Halfway up Collins Ski Lift, Alta Ski Resort, Alta, UT
11:00 - 15:00
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aside from the yummy selection of chocolate , Baldy Brews in the basement of Watsons has my favorite mocha in the canyon and possibly in the state of Utah ! It's the Mexican hot chocolate and I add a shot of espresso .... always friendly staff and just an altogether fun environment they also have beer ! Enjoy !!

Thank mrs u
Redwood City, California
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, the building itself is quite impressive. It's LEED-certified, meaning that it it is a environmentally and sustainably designed. The bottom floor has the "half dining choice" -- Baldy Brews, with coffee, hot chocolate, beer, and baked goods. I did not patronize this establishment, but good to know you can get espresso drinks on the mountain. The third... More 

Thank LizDitz
Marshfield, Massachusetts
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77 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We ski at Alta every year and look forward to our late lunches at the Watson's Shelter restaurant (Collins Grill). You can take off your ski boots and they provide you with slippers to give your feet a break after a long morning of skiing. The food is very good, and service is always friendly.

Thank opalkramer
McLean, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Even if you hate to lose a few minutes skiing, you'll like Watson's Shelter. Great soup, burgers, etc. Huge windows to look out at the mountains. And when it's warm, sitting outside is treat. I'd go again. In fact, I will. Tomorrow.

Thank 4evryng
San Diego, California
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104 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I love this place... probably because if I'm here I'm skiing... so... Of your two choices for mid-mtn. eats the Watson Shelter is my fav. Its smaller than Alfs, has more stairs but it just 'feels' better. Its a new building, has a different menu than Alfs and sports a fancy sit down restaurant upstairs - which I've never been... More 

Thank SGWest
Clarksville, Maryland, United States
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150 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

The shelter has come a long way from the one story wooden 'barn' of the old days. Now with lots of glass for viewing the slopes, nice bathrooms and plenty of tables. It will get crowded on weekends at lunch time though. Serves the standard on slope food of most ski areas, but a nice treat when it is not... More 

Thank David M
Westfield, New Jersey, United States
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016

We had lunch for four at Collin's Grill (3rd floor restaurant at Watson's Shelter) and made simple orders... 3 salads entrees and one salmon. It took 45 minutes for the food to be served (and to have our water refilled) and then when we were finished, we had to ask for the check two times, and the waiter still did... More 

1 Thank Russ H
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2015

American ski resorts not known for ambience of their on hill restaurants but the staff are super friendly and the food wholesome and reasonably priced.

Thank Neilanguscollingridge
Sandy, Utah
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2015

Alta Ski Lift's Watson Shelter is located mid mountain and can be accessed by either the Collins or Wildcat lift. It features 4 points of interest, A coffee shop, ski shop, cafe, and Bistro. Baldy Brew's (coffee shop) offers high quality espresso/ coffee roasted weekly by Salt Lake Roasting company. Possibly the best coffee you will have in the Salt... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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278 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015 via mobile

During a chilly day skiing, nothing beats a great burger, tasty fries, micro brew and nice view. Staff very friendly, seating area easy to navigate. Enjoyed our quick break today, thanks!

1 Thank JC-Meg

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Halfway up Collins Ski Lift, Alta Ski Resort, Alta, UT
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Wasatch Range  >  Alta
The cafeteria in the middle floor of the building, under Watson's Gill which is the restaurant on the top floor

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