Historic preservation keeps the past alive

Written by: Joan Pearlstein Dunn

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is often considered to be the winter playground of choice for most Pittsburghers. Its packed history dates back to 1932, when founder Adolph Dupre and his wife Helen acquired several acres of wooded land to build themselves a Bavarian-style cabin.

The family would make a living by selling off timber and producing their own maple syrup. Eventually, Helen would see potential in converting the majestic site into a ski area. In 1937, she convinced her husband to build a mechanical rope tow and open it to the public. By 1948, the farm had swelled to 5,000 acres and the family operated ski resort was on its way to becoming one of the most popular in the country.


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