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The Snorting Elk Cellar at Crystal Mountain

Elk Exterior

Elk Exterior


THE Nightlife at Crystal Mountain

 Check out what’s going on this season at “The Elk”. From live music to the best themed parties you’ve ever seen! Come on in, take shotski. It’s time for some fun.


Winter 2016-2017 Live Music Calendar:

Snorting Elk Band Schedule

*Party Mode? The Elk Pretty Much Coined that Term….

Each Season the Snorting Elk host some of the best themed parties on the mountain! Each party involves a live band or a live DJ, and most take place on a Wednesday night. All party goers must be 21 or older with a valid ID.

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Polyesta Fiesta 2014

Retro Ski 2012 125

Tele-Dan at Polyesta Fiesta 2012








Retro Ski Wear 2012

Retro Ski Wear 2012

Retro Ski Wear 2011

Retro Ski Wear 2011










Starting off the party season is the ever popular Polyesta Fiesta. Come dressed in your best 70’s attire! Use you imagination, this party likes to get wild!

Want to win a pizza and pitchers party at the Snorting Elk? At the Retro Ski Wear Party, you have a chance to impress the judges with a group dance sequence to win such a prize! Don’t be afraid to shmooze the judges up a little too!


The Elk’s Famous 6 Person Shotski

During the last week of the regular ski season, we really live up the party life. The Local’s Luau is a rowdy time to welcome on the spring skiing state of mind. With drink specials and island music to get you moving, we have an awesome time. Remember to stretch and strengthen to get ready for the LIMBO CONTEST! Last year’s winner went home with a brand new pair of K2 Skis!

Our regular season comes to a close with one of our favorite events of the season, the Amateur Ski & Snowboard Film Night! Show us your movie making skills along with you skills on the slopes for chances to win SO MANY PRIZES! Our sponsors range from Mervin to Patagonia to Mountain Hardwear to Dakine, and SO MANY MORE. Info from last years film night here. Don’t forget to come support your friends, audience votes and lots of prizes from our sponsors available in our raffle!


Local’s Night :

Every Wednesday is Local’s Night! What this means is we invite one of the many wonderful PNW Breweries to come up to the Elk to help promote their beer. We have that breweries beer on special, and the brewery representatives often bring raffle prizes! It’s a great time to join in on a midweek tradition at the Snorting Elk. Sit in with the local’s, mountain employees, dirt bags and midweek warriors…maybe share an Elk frost with the Mountain Manager!


A little bit about the Elk….

“Purest slice of ski-bar Bavariana. Tucked in the basement of Crystal Mountain’s Alpine Inn and styled in the fashion of a Bavarian rathskeller, the Snorting Elk Cellar, with its house beer (brewed by Elysian Brewing Company) and drink specials is the après bar all other après bars should aspire to be.” — Skiing Magazine, December, 2013

Taps and Fireplace

Taps and Fireplace

This Austrian inspired ski bar, established in 1965, will win you over with it’s old world charm and cozy ambience. Eighteen taps of frosty, locally brewed beers are offered here along with a long list of hot toddy-type drinks. Don’t miss the amazing Snorting Elk Frost, a special recipe created by the Elysian Brewmaster! Find a table near the roaring fire and order up one of the best stone fired pizzas or a tall order of nachos. Apres skiing bliss is here. One thing is for certain at the Snorting Elk- it’s one of those places filled with character that you’ll always be back to visit. The Snorting Elk is an integral part of the Pacific Northwest ski scene.

Elk Interior

Elk Interior

The Snorting Elk was voted one of Top 7 Sweetest Ski Bars in the US by Outside Magazine in 2013 AND 2014, named Honorable Mention for the Best Ski Bar in the 2010 Resort Awards by Skiing Magazine. Also voted “Best ShotSki” by Skiing Magazine. Powder Magazine’s Winter 2013 issue deemed the “Don’t Miss” at Crystal Mountain Resort category to “Pizza and microbrews at the snorting elk”.  The Snorting Elk is an integral part of the Pacific Northwest ski scene. The Snorting Elk was named Honorable Mention for the Best Ski Bar in the 2010 Resort Awards by Skiing Magazine. Also voted “Best ShotSki” by Skiing Magazine.Phone: (360) 663 7798 Takeout Available

The Snorting Elk Hours: 

Open 7 days a week 11:00AM to close (10:00PM is earliest close)

Check out the Event Calendar for live music, beer tastings and more. Keep in the know with Facebook. Bring home The Snorting Elk T- Shirt from Desteenation – Check them out!


Crystal Mountain Hotels is located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Crystal Mountain Hotels and the U.S. Forest Service are partners in recreation.