DENVER, Aug. 31 — Sportmart’s SNIAGRAB(R) opens in five Minnesota locations this Labor Day Weekend, continuing a 46-year tradition of unbelievable bargains. SNIAGRAB (“Bargains” spelled backwards) officially opens to the public on Saturday, September 2, 2000, at 8am, in Roseville — 1750 W. Highway 36; Minnetonka — 12380 Wayzata Blvd; Burnsville — 1300 W. Country Road 42; Richfield — 1150 W. 78th St; and Coon Rapids — 10 Coon Rapids Blvd. Customers save up to 70% with incredible bargains on thousands of famous name skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, poles, snowshoes, Nordic equipment, and outerwear from over forty brand name manufacturers.

“The year 2000 will be a SNIAGRAB to remember,” said President and CEO Doug Morton. “We’re pulling out all the stops to make this the most exciting SNIAGRAB ever. Whether you’re a first time boarder or a seasoned skier, we’ve got great deals on the equipment you want.”

Gart Sports (Nasdaq: GRTS) can offer these phenomenal savings in part due to factory buyouts from all over the world, including 5,000 pairs of Atomic skis from their Austrian factory. 3,000 pairs of Rossignol skis, some of the finest racing skis in the world, have been purchased from France, along with 4000 Salomon skis and 2,500 from K2. This year also showcases SNIAGRAB’s largest ever selection of snowboards, including 3000 boards from K2, 2,000 from Ride, 3,000 from Rossignol, 1000 from Nitro, and hundreds from Burton, Liquid, Salomon, Atlantis, Vision, Morrow, and Lamar. 5,000 step-in boot and binding packages, and over 10,000 snowboard packages, which include board, boots, and bindings, will be available at incredible prices. Over $20 million in merchandise has been purchased for this event, including the largest ever purchase of Columbia ski apparel. Customers can save as much as $500 on snowboard packages and $550 on ski packages.

A representative from the Buck Hill Ski Area will be at the Burnsville Sportmart over Labor Day Weekend, answering questions about lift tickets, season passes, and ski/snowboard lessons. Customers can register to win lift tickets from the great ski area.

SNIAGRAB hours over Labor Day Weekend are as follows:

– Saturday, September 2 8am-9:30pm

– Sunday, September 3 10am-7pm

– Monday, September 4 9am-9:30pm

SNIAGRAB is the flagship sale of Gart Sports, the company which owns Sportmart. Gart Sports is the largest ski and snowboard retailer in the country. The full-line sporting goods retailer, established in 1928, is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Gart Sports has built its business by offering the best and broadest selection of quality, brand name products for the best value. Gart Sports operates 126 stores in 16 states under the Gart Sports and Sportmart names, and is traded on Nasdaq under GRTS.