Ice Road Truckers

The WORST episodes of Ice Road Truckers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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: 4/20/2022Network: History
Journey to the End of the Earth
171 votes

#1 - Journey to the End of the Earth

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/21/2014

With temperatures rising and the winter roads quickly melting away, it's a mad dash to the finish line. VP Express and Polar are neck and neck in a race to end the season on top. Polar drivers Lisa, Art and Todd embark on an epic journey up the longest seasonal winter road in the world. VP stays closer to home, traveling treacherous roads in a late attempt to boost their load count.

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Hard Road Ahead
262 votes

#2 - Hard Road Ahead

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/15/2012

On Manitoba s Winter Roads, Hugh Rowland and Rick Yemm's season is already on the brink of disaster. But Rick makes a deadly discovery about his truck that puts the rest of his season, and his life, in jeopardy. On the Dempster, Alex risks his life by taking on the challenge of hauling an excavator that s over the safe weight limit of the ice. But on the shifting ice of the Mackenzie River delta, Alex is in a no-win situation when a truck malfunction leaves his trailer in danger of jackknifing, while stopping to fix the problem means falling through the ice. On the Dalton, haul road ace Jack Jessee is missing in action. Darrell, Porkchop, and Austin hammer down to take the lead int he load count. But when Terminal Manager Lane Keator hits the road, drivers will be forced to answer to the boss.

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Sink or Swim
193 votes

#3 - Sink or Swim

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/10/2012

Alex drives on the Arctic Ocean, to the northernmost Canadian village accessible by ice road. Hugh and Rick face melting ice in a desperate search for missing trailers. In Alaska, a massive oil rig move continues as Jack struggles to mentor impatient young driver, Austin Wheeler. And, it's judgment day for the Dalton rookies as both Darrell and Porkchop meet with the boss to see if they pass their training runs.

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Ice Rodeo
125 votes

#4 - Ice Rodeo

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/30/2013

Hugh's new company is in trouble. Mechanical trouble and angry employees cause him grief. Meanwhile, Lisa gets a chance to prove herself with her heaviest load of the season. Darrel faces a new problems.

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Hammer Down
198 votes

#5 - Hammer Down

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/17/2012

In Alaska, the clock is ticking on the Dalton as the deadline to deliver a massive oil rig pushes every driver to step it up to get the job done. Will the pressure of his first ice crossing cause one rookie to crack? Plus, Alex races to deliver a load to a village across an icy river delta, but a looming storm threatens to trap him just inches above the rushing current. And, Hugh and Rick fight the melting winter roads to deliver their first load of the season to Winnipeg, when a rookie mistake leaves Rick in the line of fire.

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The Big Blizzard
232 votes

#6 - The Big Blizzard

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/22/2008

Before the first storm of the ice road season strikes, Davey Lennie is called to rescue a stranded trucker.

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Mechanical Mayhem
210 votes

#7 - Mechanical Mayhem

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/15/2008

It's a new season and a new set of challenges for the ice road truckers--the drivers of the tundra who carry vital equipment to remote outposts

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Proving Ground
231 votes

#8 - Proving Ground

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/22/2012

On the Dalton, everyone is gunning to be the new haul road ace, but Darrell s plan is derailed by a massive wreck that calls into question his reasons for being in Alaska. Porkchop gets his shot to prove himself with a solo run to a remote Alaskan village, but the sheer cliffs of the access road are more than he bargained for. Austin finally joins a heavy haul team, but a disaster on the grueling 100-ton haul leaves his chance for glory in question. Alex faces the Dempster in reverse, but a sign of trouble on the ice has the veteran riding with an open door ready.

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Fear the Crack
161 votes

#9 - Fear the Crack

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/23/2013

With loads needed to be hauled for their half million dollar contract, VP bosses Hugh Rowland and Vlad "The Mad Russian" Pleskot agree to keep struggling new hire Art Burke aboard. But they bring in new ice road hopeful Todd Dewey to keep freight moving and put pressure on Art to perform. In a convoy with Hugh and Art, Todd is put to the ultimate test as he faces the first ice crossing of his career. After rival Polar Industries snags a deal to haul loads over a newly opened road, Darrell Ward is sent out to test it, but his truck has a problem that could prove to be deadly. Lisa races to get off the winter roads and back into the load count battle with rival VP Express. While Alex Debogorski retraces his steps over the deadly Shamattawa trail with a giant forklift, knowing a successful delivery will help Polar hold off his old rival Hugh.

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A Trucker's Farewell
170 votes

#10 - A Trucker's Farewell

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/27/2008

Alex receives a grim diagnosis that might mean it's the end of the road for him; Rick threatens to quit if his boss won't let him take time off to see a doctor; the veterans haul the final loads of the rig move.

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A Rookie Fumbles
137 votes

#11 - A Rookie Fumbles

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/3/2008

Scientists are on the verge of breakthrough, but the truckers must race against time to dismantle the Mallik Research site before the ice road melts; Hugh trains new driver Isaac; a truck in Rick's convoy experiences mechanical trouble.

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Stacking the Deck
100 votes

#12 - Stacking the Deck

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/5/2012

In Canada, Alex Debogorski is trusted with a million dollar load, but at the start of his trip, the one lane mine road earns its reputation as one of the deadliest roads in North America. On the Dalton, the load count rivalry gets personal. When haul road ace Jack Jessee pulls a veteran move on Darrell Ward, the Rocky Mountain log hauler fights back to take the lead. While the two heavyweights battle each other, Austin Wheeler s battling his first solo heavy haul of the season, but facing the Dalton alone proves more of a challenge when there s no one else to rely on. Porkchop s also on his own, running the Dalton solo for the second time, but the newfound freedom has him taking risks that has put his life and others in jeopardy. In Manitoba, Hugh leads a rag tag convoy across the winter roads, but when they encounter trouble on the ice, Hugh has to prevent a first time ice road trucker from breaking through.

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Aces and Jokers
266 votes

#13 - Aces and Jokers

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/3/2012

The Ice Road Truckers battle across the continent over frozen lakes, rivers, and ocean. Alex heads farther north than ever before on the deadly Dempster. Hugh and Rick face an impossible task on the thin ice of Manitoba's Winter Roads. In Alaska, veteran Jack Jessee returns to lead a pack of hungry new drivers on Carlile's biggest mission in history.

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Breaking Through
227 votes

#14 - Breaking Through

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/6/2010

The ice road season opens and quickly claims its first victim with a road-closing wreck. Meanwhile, another trucker breaks through the ice enroute to the isolated town of Bettles. Jack returns to defend his title as "King of the Haul Road," but cocky second-year driver Greg is out to take him down and has something to prove. Lisa makes a decision that will haunt her all season. Rookie Ray Veilleux gets a hard introduction to the treacherous Atigun Pass. Alex gets out ahead of Hugh and leads his longtime rival for the first time ever.

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Deadliest Ice Road
264 votes

#15 - Deadliest Ice Road

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/31/2009

Season 3 sees a new location for the drivers to carry their important and heavy loads to, Alaska's North Slope, from Fairbanks to Deadhorse, carrying supplies to oil camps and introduce four new truck drivers joining two veterans.

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Load Rules
156 votes

#16 - Load Rules

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/21/2013

Alex Debogorski races to complete one of Polar's most critical hauls of the season after a dashboard fire nearly costs him more than just a paycheck. Lisa's forced to stop in the middle of a frozen lake when she loses sight of the road. Darrell Ward's patience with Polar reaches its limit after he fails to receive a promised load. At VP Express, Art Burke and Todd Dewey run into trouble when they find their high priced hauls frozen in the snow. And the King of Obsolete's convoy breaks through the ice on one of the most remote trails in Manitoba.

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Busted Parts and Breakdowns
153 votes

#17 - Busted Parts and Breakdowns

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 8/9/2009

There's just two weeks remaining in the ice season and the truckers are encountering all sorts of problems, including mechanical problems. A volcanic eruption has shut down fuel refineries, and Deadhorse is short on diesel fuel for their generators. Jack decides to deliver to the diesel refineries and nearly has a collision. Lisa gives help to a stranded airline passenger and then has a major breakdown.

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Highway Maggots
108 votes

#18 - Highway Maggots

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/10/2008

Everyone mobilizes to haul away drilling sites before the ice road melts and they are swallowed up by the Arctic waters; Kurt encounters a convoy of "highway maggots"; a trucker volunteers for a dangerous mission.

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Man Down
116 votes

#19 - Man Down

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/20/2008

Bear and Eric must haul critical equipment to Langley at the same time a polar bear is spotted in the area; Rich is irate about a five-day trip he has been assigned; Alex's health deteriorates and he must be evacuated to a hospital.

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Race the Melt
129 votes

#20 - Race the Melt

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/16/2012

On the Dalton, Jack Jessee and Darrell Ward are dispatched across the ice to make the final run to the village of Nuiqsut, but with the road scheduled to close at sundown, failure will leave them trapped on the wrong side of the water. Tied for the top of the load count, Austin Wheeler s looking to end the season as the new champ, but after weeks of heavy hauls and risky maneuvers, Austin may have finally pushed his truck too far. Returning former load count champion Ray Veilleux is trying to prove he still has what it takes after a breakdown put an end his first haul. On the Dempster, Alex gambles with an extra large trailer to haul all of the season s final supplies, but the high winds of hurricane alley put his fragile plywood trailer to the test. In Manitoba, the Winter Roads are melting fast and if Hugh and Rick can t put days of animosity aside and work together, they ll both end up stuck in the bush until the roads form next season.

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272 votes

#21 - Avalanche!

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/25/2010

When an avalanche strikes, Jack is stranded and left helpless as he watches the DOT clean up the carnage. Ray faces the Dalton with a premonition of death hanging over his head. Lisa fights to get back in the race. Hugh risks a head on collision at 4700 feet by driving on the wrong side of the road over Atigun pass.

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The Polar Bear Returns
186 votes

#22 - The Polar Bear Returns

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/13/2010

Failing trailer brakes and trash talk over the CB threaten to derail Lisa's comeback. Newcomer Greg races to reignite his rivalry with Jack, before a devastating wreck slams the brakes on Greg's need for speed. In the meantime, with a damaged fuel tank to deliver, Jack isn't giving up the load-count crown without a fight. Alex tries to build on his lead on Hugh, but treacherous conditions send him to the edge of disaster. Hugh "the Polar Bear" Rowland returns to Alaska at last and has to face down his other haul road nemesis: chaining up. Engine troubles leave rookie driver Ray Veilleux broken down, and all alone, in twenty-below temperatures.

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Monster Storm Over Atigun
270 votes

#23 - Monster Storm Over Atigun

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/27/2010

A monster phase-three storm is hammering Atigun Pass, and if they want to survive, the truckers will have to think fast. Alex is southbound from Prudhoe when he meets the massive blow, and whiteout conditions erase the road from his view. Forced to run together for safety, Hugh and Jack each hatch a plan to keep the brutal weather from wiping out their paychecks. But bad blood heats up as the veterans launch rival plans to keep the cash flowing. Meanwhile, Ray and Lisa make their own plans to keep the loads moving, but rookie mistakes send both drivers rolling directly into the heart of the storm.

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Blood on the Dalton
241 votes

#24 - Blood on the Dalton

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/8/2010

It's chaos on the Dalton when a truck flips off the road and smashes into a tree, leaving two men injured and bleeding while a mysterious third is missing. Alex is thrust into the turmoil and faces tough questions from state police. A careless mistake may rob Lisa of the hard-earned respect she has worked for all season. Greg fights for his job and Ray wakes up to a scary realization. Hugh devises a plan to steal a load from his old pal.

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139 votes

#25 - Cold-Blooded

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 8/26/2012

On the Dalton, extreme temperatures have the oil fields on the verge of a cold weather shutdown, leaving Jack Jessee scrambling to get out of town. Austin makes a time saving decision to not chain up, but it leaves his load spinning toward the edge. Darrell Ward also rolls the dice to save time, but his risky decision forces him into a desperate situation on one of the Dalton s steepest inclines. And it s the final trial for Porkchop, and former trainer Phil Kromm is the judge. On the Dempster, massive snowfall has the road closed, cutting off northern Canada s only lifeline. Alex must brave the brutal conditions to deliver the machinery the DOT needs to open the road. And on the Winter Roads, Hugh's drive to save his season jeopardizes his 18 year friendship with Rick Yemm.

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