Camping out for SNIAGRAB, Sports Authority's annual ski and snowboard sale, is a weird but endearing Denver tradition. And the tent city has already started forming, a week-and-a-half before the September 3 event gets underway. That's three days earlier than the2010 SNIGRAB lineup
of snow addicts determined to score "BARGAINS" spelled forward. Nobody was home when we ambled across the street fromWestword
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's Broadway offices to the tents set up along the sidewalk bordering Sports Authority's flagship store, in what used to be called the Gart Sports Castle, a few minutes ago. But a Sports Authority staffer told me one of the tents actually popped up yesterday. Today, there are three -- and he said he's seen several people going in and out of them.
A sign on the first one suggests that its occupant doesn't want anyone stealing his place...
The Sports Authority staffer didn't know if the blooming of a tent ten days before the sale, as opposed to seven last year, sets any kind of record, but he was definitely impressed. Me, too -- I think.