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Wind & Snow

Engineering
We work with structural engineers to develop the strongest yurts in the business. Contact our office for our engineering data.

Wind & Snow
Different climates demand different engineering requirements. Mountains, desert, forest, prairie, beaches, rainforest… each environment has factors that will determine the design elements of a yurt. Our experienced staff can help you decide which options are best for your situation.

CORR Brackets
(Compression Ring to Rafter Brackets)
The first element in an engineered yurt, CORR Brackets strengthen the connection between the rafters and the compression ring and reduce the potential for rafter-twist. CORR Brackets are an exclusive Colorado Yurt option.

Big Wind Package
The addition of a 2″x4″ perimeter stud under each 2″x4″ yurt rafter- with this option yurts are rated to 90 mph and above. Please contact our office for calculations for your site.

Full Snow and Wind Package
We combine our CORR Brackets, 2″x6″ rafters and 2″x4″ perimeter studs for the highest level of load capability.

Winter Stout Alpine Yurt Package
Includes 2″x6″ rafters, 2″x4″ perimeter studs, CORR Brackets, an alloy compression ring, a center support system and two levels of rafter blocking.

Until now, yurt manufacturers have restricted their engineering data with footnotes indicating that only balanced snow loads have been considered. But ski resorts, snow cat operations, high mountain lodges need more. Their rugged alpine conditions yield a winter’s worth of deep powder and big winds mixed with constant freeze/thaw cycles–and these almost always result in unbalanced snow loads. That’s why we engineered the strongest yurt ever.

In real-life, unbalanced snow load conditions create torsion and tension which significantly impacts the structural capability of a yurt. Wind and drifts typically pile all the snow on a north quadrant of your roof while the sun melts the south side clear. The Winter Stout Alpine Yurt is engineered with three-dimensional analysis which shows the Winter Stout Alpine Yurt can support bigger snow loads than most stick-built homes. The engineering confirms that a single quadrant of your yurt roof–the north side or the leeward side–can handle four times the ground snow load stated in the chart below.

What does this mean for you? You can depend on the Winter Stout Alpine Yurt in serious snow load conditions at high elevations for residential and public use. It also means that you can document the structural engineering for building officials as you would for any building–without footnotes or exceptions. Engineering analysis is available. Give us a call at 800.288.3190 or email us at questions@coloradoyurt.com. The Winter Stout, it’s damn strong!