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

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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.

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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.

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

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Photo by Michael Roberts
...and a scrawled tribute to a certain mountain town on the tent closest to the entrance:

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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.

More from our Things to Do archive: "Sniagrab campers finally show up: Screw you, urban camping ban!"


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15 comments
Travis Santoro
Travis Santoro

Someone let the homeless know they can camp there

Kira Saki Martinez
Kira Saki Martinez

I work there and when I left the other night their were people in there. But with the anti urban camping law I don't know how that's gonna work.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice

Who cares? And yes, camping in the city of Denver is illegal.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Some people see tents.  I see public restrooms just begging to be used.

Todd Miller
Todd Miller

oh I guess only illegal if your homeless!

Todd Miller
Todd Miller

I thought Denver has an anti-camping law? WTF?

Megan Munzert
Megan Munzert

oh good now we get to listen to the annual advertisements that air as frequently or the equivelance of political ads..yayy..not.

Heather Peterson
Heather Peterson

sniagrab - the only way you can camp in Denver is if you are a corporate whore in line to buy shit

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

How about getting a real job, so you can afford real tents and quality ski gear rather than sleeping on the street in shit tents to buy cheap shitty ski gear?

Victoria Inman
Victoria Inman

Jennifer, there were huge protests over this last year but I guess Sports Authority got a special permit granted by the city (which they probably paid for since its all about money) which is why camping is allowed for Sniagrab. It is totally unfair and sends a horrible message about how we treat the people of our city.

Mike Walters
Mike Walters

Isn't that urban camping? Isn't that banned? Oh right not if you spend $, then it's fine. - "its illegal for them to sleep in sleeping bags, tents, or other constructed outdoor shelters anywhere where camping is unauthorized, like: alleys, SIDEWALKS, public city parks or outdoor malls"...

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Isn't camping inside the city illegal now? Why is it okay for people to do it for something like this but a homeless person can't throw a tarp over themselves while sleeping under a bridge without getting thrown in jail? Seems unfair.

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