Congratulations to Lee Canyon’s Dan Hooper on being named one of this year’s 40 Under 40 recipients!

Read the original article in a recent issue of Vegas Inc HERE

After working in mountain towns in New Zealand, California, Montana and Colorado, Dan Hooper landed in the not-so-known ski town of Las Vegas. He immediately went to work, removing the barriers for outdoor recreation in the Spring Mountains and repositioning Lee Canyon as more than a ski resort.

In 2020, Hooper secured a Record of Decision from the U.S. Forest Service which allowed Lee Canyon to add new adventure amenities to its existing footprint and then he led the opening of the Hillside Lodge—the most significant change to Lee Canyon since its opening in 1964.

Hooper is also a steward of the community. He reimagined the longstanding Chris Ruby Cup into a partnership with Nevada Donor Network, resulting in 5,000 new registered organ donors. He also launched Feel Good Fridays to raise funds for High Fives Foundation, which supports mountain athletes who have sustained life-changing injuries—raising more than $50,000 to date.

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Tomorrow marks the 30th year celebrating National Public Lands Day!

Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits.

We are grateful for our public lands, which support Nevada’s outdoor economy and our communities. Whether you’re hiking, biking, fishing, or camping, we hope you celebrate the beauty and diversity of Nevada’s landscapes tomorrow and all year round!

Learn more about National Public Lands Day and find some nearby events at www.nps.gov.

And don't forget to visit a national park for free tomorrow!

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