What is a Yurt?

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November 6, 2015
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What is a Yurt? Yurts have been used as nomadic shelters for centuries in Central Asia. Our modern version of the yurt, adapted from a centruies-old Mongolian design, consists of a circular structure with weather tight covers, tension band and a wood frame including a lattice wall, radial rafters that terminate at a compression ring, and a framed French door. The compact shape of the yurt and the combination of lightweight members in tension and compression result in a structure that is highly efficient in maximizing strength while minimizing material. Our yurts are reinforced for snow and wind conditions; have propane heaters; and are, therefore, well-suited for year-round use in Alaska. With modern amenities such as full kitchens, private bathrooms with compost toilets, and private decks, they are environmentally friendly, comfortable and offer a truly unique overnight lodging experience. We have chosen yurts for use as cabins because they are environmentally friendly and are, with it’s beautiful wood framing, a pleasing architectural alternative to the traditional framed cabin.