If you mean applying force directly to the end of the carbon strut, and thus along its length as in your photo, OK. Indeed, an acrobat could probably stand balanced on the tops of the struts. But the snow will also land on the fabric spanning between the top tips of the struts.
I understood Ryan's point to be that the small hoop would spread the weight of the snow over the entire hoop, thus keeping the fabric from sinking all along the length of the hoop. Sure, you could not stand on the hoop without breaking it. But the weight of the snow will be spread over a greater length than the width of your foot.
I have break-tested a bunch of carbon struts, and the ones I chose, in conjunction with a prebent Nanolite in the center, would easily hold up under a foot of snow.
The problem would be with the fabric span from the end hoops up to the larger center hoop. The tension on the tent would have to be enormous to hold up the snow where the fabric is unsupported. That's why I don't like hoop tents in the first place.
But they do save pole weight, and perform well in heavy winds and rain.
In addition to the loss of some space, another issue with a hooped end, as opposed to a box-shaped end like the Scarp's, is being able to open the door without loosening the canopy and making the tent vulnerable to nasty weather. The top points of the pitch-locks act as the point of a partial cone, keeping the canopy taut no matter how far the door is opened. It is very difficult to come up with a design to do this between two hoops, rather than a boxed end. That may be another advantage of the Scarp.
Googling the Golite Eden brings up some photos down the page of Ryan's suggested tent:
It is difficult to tell from the Eden photos how taut the canopy remains as the door is opened, but I think it can be a problem. Looseness in the canopy can create a lot more havoc than imagined when rain is pouring onto it and the wind is flapping it about. I never saw one of the Eden tents in person, so don't know if Golite addressed the problem. That's the issue I was thinking about avoiding when referring to daydreaming about different ways to use struts to support the ends of an Akto, a tent with an end more boxed like the Scarp's.