“Climate: Snow I”
Will the domes take much snow? I have a business in the mountains. How do the 30-footers hold up to snow loads?
Remember that the dome is a lightweight structure. Its strength comes from tension, not mass or rigid components. It is apparent that you could not climb on top of the dome, nor can you expect it to support heavy snow loads.
Accumulated snow must be melted or shaken off periodically. During snowfalls you must keep a heat source going inside the dome to keep the snow melting off the top or periodically sweep the snow off or shake the dome, so there is never too much snow on top. If a large quantity of snow falls in a short amount of time, an unattended dome will collapse. People in these conditions have had two or three poles break; these are inexpensive to repair or replace.