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Photos: Sniagrab tents finally show up -- but is anyone home?

Last year, the tradition of camping out at the Sports Castle on Broadway before Sniagrab, the annual pre-skiing-season sale at Sports Authority, seemed in danger of extinction due to the urban-camping ban. Sports Authority had to get a special permit from the city to make it happen, albeit for a lot fewer days than in 2011, when the line started a week and a half early.

Looks like that's happening again. Tents have finally shown up, but moments ago, no one was home. Or maybe they weren't in any condition to talk.

A Westworder noticed a lone tent show up yesterday at the Sports Castle, across the street from our offices. Now, there are several, with a couple more laid out but not yet erected.

Photos: Sniagrab tents finally show up -- but is anyone home?
Photo by Michael Roberts

Given that you can't exactly knock on a tent, I tried some friendly hellos. But I didn't receive a response or hear rustling from anyone taking cover inside.

Another angle on the line-up.
Another angle on the line-up.
Photo by Michael Roberts

Did Sports Authority employees put up the tents to make it seem as if people are eagerly waiting for the start of Sniagrab, scheduled for 8 a.m. August 31 -- Saturday morning? Well, there were a couple signs of actual tent occupation, including a notebook and markers available for writing up wish lists....

Photos: Sniagrab tents finally show up -- but is anyone home?
Photo by Michael Roberts

...and a scrawled tribute to a certain mountain town on the tent closest to the entrance:

Photos: Sniagrab tents finally show up -- but is anyone home?
Photo by Michael Roberts

If this Crested Butte lover actually exists, he's got a prime spot. Now, all he's got to do is make it through the next three days.

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