The Best Episodes of Ice Road Truckers
Last Updated: May 16, 2019
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.
#1 - Arctic Thaw
Season 3 - Episode 13
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.
#2 - Ocean Run
Season 3 - Episode 10
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.
#3 - Race for the Finish
Season 3 - Episode 12
Lisa must take on a van of high explosives due to an air leak in Lisa's trailer in Fairbanks. Elsewhere, Jack spins out at Antigun Pass; George believes Tim is ready for solo runs; Alex heads north with Ron, whose truck breaks down and are forced to wait overnight for a new part; and Hugh meets some acquaintances at a coffee shop.
#4 - Accident Alley
Season 3 - Episode 5
A foot of snow has fallen and Lisa and Jack are determined not to waste any time and head out on the roads ahead of the snowplows. The snowy conditions cause a collision, and a tow truck is used to pull a truck cab and trailer back on a road, but gently so that a spark doesn't cause an explosion. Meanwhile, Jack has a confrontation with a 1,100 pound moose.
#6 - A Rookie's Nightmare
Season 4 - Episode 11
Dalton rookie Ray Veilleux drives into a trucker's worst nightmare when he's distracted for a split-second. With the king of the haul road battle getting fierce, his days as co-leader could be over. Lisa roars up the Dalton with an unwieldy bear cage in tow. And trouble is heating up for the Polar Bear when he ignores his poorly loaded cargo and causes damage to his latest load.
#7 - Blinding Whiteout
Season 3 - Episode 4
The ice road is threatened when an fierce storm arrives and hampers the truckers movement. Meanwhile, Jack Jesse tries to get his truck ahead of the upcoming storm; while George, Tim and Lisa head for shelter at a truck stop. Afterward, Hugh and Alex start on their second run, and Lisa carries her first wide-load and finds trouble trucking around Atigun Pass.
#9 - Winter Takes All
Season 7 - Episode 12
As the ice roads melt away, Polar and VP Express are neck and neck in the load count. Racing to come out on top this season, both Polar and VP take on a late season mission to the remote village of God's Lake. Every driver joins the massive race, hoping their company comes out on top. But with the roads melting, getting in is only half the battle. Every driver must make it off the roads before they melt away or risk losing their truck and cargo to the Manitoba backwoods. It's the final dash for the cash, and only one company can win the load count.
#11 - The World Crumbles
Season 2 - Episode 13
Hugh and Eric are neck and neck in their race to claim dominance over the ice road, but time is running out with the ocean waters closing in; the truckers race to remove equipment from the Langley site; an Arctic whiteout threatens operations.
#12 - The Ace vs. The Ice
Season 4 - Episode 10
King of the haul road, Jack Jesse, must survive the arctic wilderness and cross a frozen river alone to reach the isolated town of Bettles. After ditching her truck, Lisa Kelly is back in action but the slippery slopes of the Dalton will make her road to redemption a dangerous one. Greg is on a mission to revive his reputation, but to do it he must haul the biggest load of his career. And Alex has a plan to one-up his rival Hugh....but the Polar Bear isn't going down without a fight.
#13 - Driving on Thin Ice
Season 1 - Episode 6
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.
#14 - Turn and Burn
Season 3 - Episode 9
As the end of the ice road season comes soon, the push for delivery supplies is great. Lisa learns some new driving skills from Jack Jesse as they convoy together. Tim and George are delayed in Fairbanks when George's truck get's repaired, and later, Tim's truck dies of an electrical failure, forcing Tim to drive alone.
#15 - Judgement Day
Season 5 - Episode 15
With the end of the ice road fast approaching, the Ice Road Truckers are sprinting to the finish. But they've got obstacles. A polar bear standoff at Prudhoe Bay tables the plans for oil production and ties up Carlile's loads at the most crucial time of the season. A veteran trucker's calculated risk puts his life and livelihood in jeopardy. One rookie's sent packing as the other picks up the slack. And the Dalton's favorite daughter gets her groove back.
#16 - Collision Course
Season 7 - Episode 1
"The Polar Bear,” Hugh Rowland quits his job at Polar Industries and joins team with a local dispatcher to start his own trucking company. Meanwhile, his former company plans to settle the score by hiring Ice Road Trucker experts Alex Debogorski, Lisa Kelly, and Darrell Ward. This season, both teams will vie to carry the most loads from Manitoba, Canada.
#17 - One Last Lick
Season 11 - Episode 10
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.
#18 - Canadian Invasion
Season 3 - Episode 3
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.
#19 - The Rookie Challenge
Season 1 - Episode 7
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.
#20 - Double Trouble
Season 11 - Episode 9
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.
#23 - A Legend Meets His End
Season 4 - Episode 14
When a Haul Road legend dies, Ray leads the trucker's son to scatter his ashes on Atigun. But the son's blunders on the Dalton could get them killed before they make it. Lisa gets her biggest break yet when she's assigned to push-truck a monster load to Prudhoe. Alex discovers Alaskan gold, but is later busted by the DOT for violations. Jack's hauling a highly explosive fuel load when he comes head-on around a blind corner with a truck parked in the center of the road. Greg faces the challenge of trucking an unstable, 15-foot high mega-reel of pipe.
#24 - Man vs. Ice
Season 2 - Episode 11
The crew breaking down the Langely site races to the finish line as rising temperatures melt the ice road; Hugh's back-heavy load makes it difficult to get traction on the slippery surface; rookie Devon Neff makes his debut run.
#25 - Pushing the Edge
Season 5 - Episode 1
The Ice Road Truckers are back in action, and the roads are more dangerous than ever. Lisa's first run of the season goes south in a hurry. Two rookie drivers raise the stakes in the "Dash for the Cash." And old pros Hugh and Alex, along with wildcard Rick Yemm, leave Alaska behind to take on some of the most remote and deadliest roads on the planet.