Thunderstruck Adventures is proud to be a family-owned & operated company. Professional snowmobile rider and founder, Clay Hockel, grew up in Minnesota and was instantly hooked on mountain riding after the first trip his dad took him on to the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Right after that trip and as soon as high school was let out for summer, Clay went to work at his summer job to save enough money to buy his own mountain-specific snowmobile. After one summer of working 6 days a week from sun up to sundown, Clay had enough money saved up to purchase his first snowmobile, an Arctic Cat M1100 Turbo.
Clay’s passion for snowmobiling from such a young age created many opportunities for him. At the age of 16, he was able to work for a start-up company that specialized in aftermarket performance parts for snowmobiles, Evolution Powersports. This job gave Clay the opportunity to ride with some of the best snowmobilers in the world from Team Thunderstruck. It didn’t take Clay long to realize that he wanted to become a professional rider someday and be able to share the passion he has for snowmobiling with others through a backcountry adventure like Thunderstruck Adventures.