The BEST episodes of Ice Road Truckers

Every episode of Ice Road Truckers ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Ice Road Truckers!

Take a trip to Yellowknife, Canada to experience one of the most dangerous careers around. In unfathomably cold conditions, truck drivers haul equipment and supplies to miners in the Canadian tundra in the dead of winter on a 350-mile highway of ice.

Last Updated: 12/23/2023Network: HistoryStatus: Ended
Icy Alliance
105 votes

#1 - Icy Alliance

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/18/2015

In the season's dramatic finale, Lisa and Todd struggle to complete their daring joint venture across the frozen Hudson Bay. Darrell braves the most torn up trail remaining on the winter roads. Art must face the last open ice crossing and his first since his near fatal trip weeks earlier. Deep in the thawing wilderness, a tanker sideswipes Alex.

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The Rookie Challenge
216 votes

#2 - The Rookie Challenge

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/29/2007

Past the halfway mark into the 2 month ice road season, Alex drives across a new 138-mile ice road to Colomac Gold mine. Hugh picks up his 17th load after he gets an oil and tire change. Drew's truck runs out of gas and freezes up. T.J. begins to suffer from abdominal pain while on the road.

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Hell Freezes Over
110 votes

#3 - Hell Freezes Over

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/11/2015

The two rival companies join to take on the biggest challenge in Ice Road Truckers history--pulling a cat train across the Hudson Bay. But when the untested ice shatters under the the weight of the heavy haul, it becomes a desperate fight for survival.

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The Final Ride
279 votes

#4 - The Final Ride

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/6/2016

In this seriesfinale: The four truck convoy faces fire and an ice crossing so thin, they must test the thickness themselves. After Art Burke's engine dies, he must ride back with Alex Debogorski to Winnipeg over a trail that destroys the old pro's truck.

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One Last Lick
164 votes

#5 - One Last Lick

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/9/2017

The spring thaw is in full melt mode as the drivers get in one last lick before the ice roads close for the season. Steph Custance is the first to experience the melt as she slips and slides deep into the trees off a slick road. Meanwhile Todd Dewey is struggling with a big load of construction material over a long and twisty trail. Art Burke is not too happy when he is pressured into retrieving a super heavy bulldozer over a dangerously melting ice crossing. Reno Ward takes a risky final run just to have his truck die on the ice and Lisa Kelly is heading home when she gets an emergency call to come to the rescue before it's too late.

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Midseason Mayhem
155 votes

#6 - Midseason Mayhem

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/15/2007

Traffic is blocked by an overturned fuel tanker, which poses an enviromental threat if the fuel contaminates a river. Also, the truckers begin to have blowouts as a result of speeding.

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Crossing Enemy Lines
141 votes

#7 - Crossing Enemy Lines

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/2/2015

In the Season 9 premiere, Darrell Ward attempts to poach a legendary rival driver from Polar Industries, which could spark an all-out war.

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Ice Road Rage
147 votes

#8 - Ice Road Rage

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/5/2011

Hugh and Rick roll deeper into the Canadian outback, while a dangerous overflow may leave Alex stranded in the wilderness. Dave's training run with Tony reaches the boiling point. Lisa Kelly goes on a rescue mission. And Maya's first look at the Haul Road may be enough to send this rookie back to the big city.

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Arctic Whiteout
210 votes

#9 - Arctic Whiteout

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/29/2008

MGM breaks camp to move everything to a new base, including its rig; a storm strikes.

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Driving on Thin Ice
218 votes

#10 - Driving on Thin Ice

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/22/2007

Jay hauls a 95,000-pound diamond ore scrubber, which the De Beers mine needs in order to start production. T.J. is investigated for negligent driving. Rick continues to hang in there and is still hauling without any heat in his truck. A truck goes through the ice and emergency crews spring into action.

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Double Trouble
171 votes

#11 - Double Trouble

Season 11 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/2/2017

Lisa Kelly and Steph Custance team up for a challenging passage on the icy terrain; Art Burke brings a split load into the north country, hoping this will be his last load of the year; Todd Dewey hauls a double oversized camp shack.

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Ready to Roll
345 votes

#12 - Ready to Roll

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/17/2007

This episode introduces us to the six ice road truckers, men who haul equipment and supplies to miners in Yellowknife, Canada in eighteen wheelers across a road of ice. Road construction crews begin creating the 350 mile highway of ice. And when the temperature is just right and the ice thick enough, the truckers head up on their way on one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

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Road to the Finale
48 votes

#13 - Road to the Finale

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/31/2008

A recap of season two for the ice road truckers--the drivers of the tundra who carry vital equipment to remote outposts located hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle during two months of every year before the road disappears. It is a race against the elements, against time, and against each other.

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Mother Nature Scorned
75 votes

#14 - Mother Nature Scorned

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/4/2015

In the midst of the early thaw, Darrell and Lisa struggle to make it home over the hardest hit trail on the winter roads system. Art and the King of Obsolete reunite to haul a giant double trailer over over a slick path. Veteran Alex Debogorski races against the clock to deliver to a town in need before the road closes, while fellow Polar driver Todd Burke finds a unique way to conquer a melted ice crossing.

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Helter Melter
298 votes

#15 - Helter Melter

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/7/2017

A sudden warm up threatens to derail the ice road season just as it kicks into high gear. Art Burke finds himself battling some of the scariest and slickest roads of his life. Meanwhile, Lisa Kelly is forced to ask her former boss, Mark Kohaykewych, for financial help after her truck sustains severe damage. And Alex Debogorski encounters a mystery man walking alone on an isolated winter road.

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Ocean Run
191 votes

#16 - Ocean Run

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/2/2009

Season 3 closes with the truckers all feeling the pressure to deliver their loads to the oil fields. Hugh almost looses control and spins out near Atigun Pass, while Lisa does spin out and must return down the hill and begin again. Alex makes his delivery to Deadhorse and takes a back haul assignment, but the load nearly falls off due to not being strapped down tightly.

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Canadian Invasion
258 votes

#17 - Canadian Invasion

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/14/2009

The truckers are already behind on their deliveries to the oil fields, and now must face a snow storm. Hugh and Alex will drive with a safety instructor with them during their initial runs. Jack has a decision to make when he comes along a trucker who needs assistance, but that would mean he'd lose his own load. Lisa requests a harder assignment.

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Arctic Thaw
185 votes

#18 - Arctic Thaw

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/23/2009

Season 3 ends with the final 72 hours of the ice season being chronicled. George decides to retire; Lisa runs for over 300 miles without any brakes; the rivalry between Alex and Hugh heats up; and Jack Jesse's process is impeded by polar bears on the road.

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The Son Rises
197 votes

#19 - The Son Rises

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/5/2017

Polar Industries must deliver an oversized load hundreds of miles north on the winter roads; owner Mark Koyhaykewych recruits Lisa Kelly, then calls in Reno Ward, the 23-year-old son of the late Darrell Ward; and a blizzard adds a new layer of danger.

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Killer Pass
189 votes

#20 - Killer Pass

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/19/2009

Unpredictable weather, slippery conditions and the risk of avalanches make Atigun Pass more dangerous than ever.

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The Art Of Survival
113 votes

#21 - The Art Of Survival

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/20/2015

The battle gets down and dirty as the roads melt beneath the drivers' wheels. Art Burke fights to keep his rig above ground on a melting ice crossing, while fellow Polar driver Alex Debogorski fights his way up a mud covered mountain. Renegade rivals Lisa Kelly and Darrell Ward struggle on a trail at ground zero of the thaw, where getting stuck could sink their company for good.

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Meltdown Blues
225 votes

#22 - Meltdown Blues

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/14/2017

After rising temperatures close the ice roads the drivers are stranded and praying for a freeze. When a blast of arctic air reopens the ice roads it's time for the drivers to put the pedal to the metal. But be careful for what you wish for as newbie Steph Custance falls victim to severe icing and winds up in a ditch. Meanwhile, Lisa Kelly, Art Burke and Todd Dewey are about to see if newly opened ice crossings are really ready for their big rigs.

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Dash for the Cash
222 votes

#23 - Dash for the Cash

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/1/2007

The road is once again closed due to an Arctic storm. Also, Alex must transport a 44,000-pound diamond-ore crusher.

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Jackknife Jeopardy
321 votes

#24 - Jackknife Jeopardy

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/31/2017

The ice road season is off to a bad start. Lisa Kelly finds herself in a real jam after jackknifing her truck deep in the backcountry. Then legendary trucker Alex Debogorski gets more than he bargained for when he falls through a patch of thin ice. But Todd Dewey is able to step it up when he comes to the aid of a stranded trucker.

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Highway to Hell
132 votes

#25 - Highway to Hell

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/24/2014

Lisa and Todd embark on one of the toughest missions of the season, tackling an untamed trail dubbed the `Highway to Hell'. Darrell Ward steals business out from under his former boss at Polar Industries. A crash could mean the end of Alex's trucking season.

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