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  • Brian H. Fairbank

  • Born: February 12, 1946

  • Hometown: Jamestown, NY

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Fairbank, Brian H.

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Widely recognized as a pioneer in green energy and sustainability, Brian was one of the first ski industry leaders to install a 1.5MW wind turbine at Jiminy Peak. His innovative thinking later sparked the addition of a 2.3MW solar facility, making Jiminy the first resort in America, powered by 100% local renewable energy. In 2008 NSAA recognized the effort with the Golden Eagle Award.

Brian’s enormous contributions to the ski industry have often been recognized by his peers. He was honored with the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and previously with the distinguished Sherman Adams Award. Brian served on the Board from 1991 thru 2003.

Brian has been genuinely committed to encouraging ski resorts to adapt concepts for growing the industry. As former Chairman of the NSAA, Brian was instrumental in the creation of the Model for Growth, a program intended to increase participation in the sport across America.

With a passionate dedication to adopting the model, Brian’s resorts were one of the first adopters of new, easier to learn on, short parabolic skis in conjunction with his resorts’ learning centers. This concept has proven to be very successful in its retention of new skiers and boarders.

The Fairbank Group, comprised of Brian and his son Tyler, operate not only Jiminy Peak but Bromley in Vermont and Cranmore in New Hampshire.

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