Crews begin building a unique passage—a 350-mile highway of ice—as truckers from across North America journey to Yellowknife, Canada, for their chance at some quick cash.
Jay hauls a 17-ton water tank to the De Beers mine; Hugh and Rick’s rivalry heats up; the season’s first spin out on “Charlies’ Hill” causes a major traffic jam on the ice.
An artic storm closes roads, as Alex hauls a 44,000-lb diamond ore crusher to the BHP mine and brutal, dangerous -40 degree temperatures start to take their toll on the truckers.
Jay hauls a 30-ton load that stresses the ice; Drew is back in Lee’s garage after a rough trip damaged his truck; TJ battles subzero temperatures in a truck that’s waterproofed with duct tape.
Everyday roadblocks threaten progress; blowouts appear; trucks come to a standstill on Ingraham Trail; rescue crew try to prevent a diesel spill from contaminating Yellowknife River.
Jay hauls a 95,00-lb diamond scrubber to the De Beers mine; T.J. is investigated for driver negligence; Rick continues to make long hauls with no hea.
Alex sets out on the new road to Colmac gold mine; Hugh races to pick up his 17th load; Drew runs out of gas near Yellowknife and call his wife for a pep talk; T.J. suffers an abdominal injury.
Rick organizes a special convoy amid an arctic storm, which leaves T.J. separated while the rest make it through; Hugh struggles with having lost two of his drivers this season.
Alex makes a last push to deliver critical loads; Rick makes a tough decision driving in 40 below with no heat; Rookie T.J. feels like a veteran as he heads out on his 18th load.
The road is nearly empty as the big melt begins. Alex, Hugh, Jay and T.J. race to the finish, hauling in the big bucks and paving the way for the most successful ice road season in history.
This special explores the history of Yellowknife, from the indigenous Eskimos who have lived there for centuries to the emergence of the ice roads and mining industry in the last 75 years.
Tensions run high between Rick, Drew and Hugh; T.J. decides if he’ll return to the ice roads; Alex and Jay discuss Yellowknife’s reaction to the series.