THE Nightlife at Crystal Mountain

The Snorting Elk Cellar is an integral part of the Pacific Northwest ski scene. This Austrian inspired ski bar will win you over with its old world charm and cozy ambiance. We offer 18 taps of frosty, locally brewed beers, along with a long list of hot toddy-type drinks and cocktails. Don’t miss the amazing Snorting Elk Frost, a special recipe created by the Elysian Brewmasters! Find a table near the roaring fire and order up some of the best food and drinks on the mountain.

The Snorting Elk Hours:

Current Hours: 
Daily: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (earliest close)

Monday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday & Holidays: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Phone: (360) 663-7798

Events and Parties

During the winter the Snorting Elk is host to a wide range of events and some of the best-themed parties on the mountain. With live music on the weekends and specials from local breweries on Wednesdays, the Snorting Elk is the place to be!

Starting off the season is the ever-popular Polyesta Fiesta, the best 70’s themed costume party around! Dust off your polyester attire and don your wildest wigs because this party is all about that 70’s glam.

The NWAC (Northwest Avalanche Center) Benefit takes place in December with the donations going towards the Northwest Avalanche Center. Featuring a movie premier, raffle, and live music it is a fun night for a great cause.

Retro Ski Wear Party – The perfect time to showcase your retro neon ski attire, this party is all about the clothes and who can dance the best. Gather a crew of your friends and choreograph a dance routine to impress our panel of esteemed judges, for a chance to win a pizza party and some beer specials.

Amateur Ski and Snowboard Film Night – Our Winter season comes to a close with The Amateur Ski and Snowboard Film Night! It is the perfect chance to show off all of the footage you have collected over the season, whether it is from a go pro, smartphone or a camera all films and formats are welcome! If your film is voted the best in the category you can win some of the amazing prizes from our wonderful sponsors. Must be 21 years or more to enter, no professional videos, and must be present at the time of voting to win!

Local’s Night – Every Wednesday is Local’s Night! On these nights we feature a different brewery from the Pacific Northwest. We have that breweries beer on special, and the brewery representative often brings prizes for a raffle. It’s a great time to join in on a midweek tradition at the Snorting Elk.

Please see our Facebook page for more event info and activities!

*All party attendees must be 21 or over with a valid ID

A bit of history about the Snorting Elk

Opened on December 7, 1965, the Snorting Elk Cellar is a Rathskeller style bar, with its roaring fire and 18 local microbrews on tap it is the place to be at Crystal Mountain! The Snorting Elk was voted one of the “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. The Snorting Elk was also voted “Best ShotSki” by Skiing Magazine. In the Wintter 2013 issue of Powder Magazine, they deemed the Snorting Elk the “Don’t Miss” at Crystal Mountain Resort category to “Pizza and Microbrews at The Snorting 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”