Year of the Yurt

We thought we’d be winding down as the weather got colder.

It used to be that we had a busy time and a not-so-busy time. While we expect winter to be a bit quieter, it never slacks off like it used to. And, that’s a good thing.

Here are some highlights from 2011 at the Colorado Yurt Company:

Our customers jumped on the “glamping” trend with tipis for comfortable camping. North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula, GA had a great first season of tipi rentals and ordered more painted tipis to expand their camp. In Jackson, WY, Sands Wildwater Adventures put up a tipi camp on the Snake River for overnight raft trips.

North Georgia Interior

Inside a tipi at North Georgia Canopy Tours

We installed four new yurts at YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado. They have been adding to their yurt village, and have plans for more. The yurts are a huge success for them.

yurts at YMCA of the Rockies

Yurt village at YMCA of the Rockies

Alpine Winter Stout yurts went to a camp in New Hampshire, a ski academy in Vermont and a ski club in New York-making homes for those programs. Also,  Talisker at Deer Valley in Utah has two new Winter Stouts on the mountain. This super strong yurt is being used in snowy places with great success.

major snow

Winter Stout yurt

We sent eight 22’ tipis to Do Lectures in Hopland, California. They’re an interesting organization that we’d like to stay involved with.

Earthworks tipis were in Israel, Panama and Abu Dhabi for events. The appeal of the perfect structure is spreading worldwide. Many customers have added tipis to their backyard, back forty or mountain ranch- and the lodge is loved by the entire family.

beauty of a tipi

We did custom, canvas-covered yurts for a holiday shop in New York City (featured in Vogue -not our usual crowd). They housed a display of eyeglasses for an interesting company, Warby Parker. Dan and Emma took a trip to the city to help pitch the yurts.

We made a big, fancy custom tent for a certain celebrity wedding in our “neighborhood”. It was a huge undertaking, with the entire crew helping out in some way- and it turned out great.

We’re ending the year with an order for five yurts that will end up on an island in the Mediterranean.

The crew of Discovery channel’s program “How It’s Made” came to town to film our company for upcoming shows in the spring. We enjoyed having Francois, Patrick, Yan and Justin spend a few days with us, and we can’t wait to see the show. We might even have a watch party!

We launched a new website. Wow, was that an undertaking! We hope our customers are finding it easier to learn about our company and our products. We always welcome feedback.

We went to a few conventions, including three American Camp Association shows,Christian Camping Association and YMCA leadership convention. We made our annual appearances at National Association of State Park Directors conference and Sustainable Living Fair in Ft. Collins.

We launched our charitable campaign with ACA’s Send a Child to Camp. Most of us have fond memories of going to summer camp, and we see camps using our structures in creative ways. Check it out, and please give if you can.

As always, our best highlights come from our customers. We love hearing how tipis, tents or yurts are finding a place in your lives. Do you have a story to share?

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