Ice Road Truckers

7:30pm – Saturday, December 8 on TV 3

Entering its fourth season on Saturday, December 8 th at 7:30pm on 3, this week sees the Ice Road Truckers return to Alaska, hauling their biggest loads ever across the most dangerous terrain they’ve ever faced! But this year, trucking critically needed cargo north to the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay is just the beginning.

In season four, the drivers will tackle frozen rivers and swamps out beyond the Dalton Highway, hauling supplies to some of the most remote towns of the great white north. Reigning king, Jack Jesse, looks to defend his title, and Lisa Kelly, one of the only woman truckers on the haul road, fights to prove herself in the male-dominated profession. Rookie Ray Veilleux, who recently lost his business in the lower 48, has come north to run the road and keep his struggling family afloat. And in a decades-long rivalry, veteran drivers Hugh Rowland and Alex Debogorski are back racing neck and neck. The stakes are high, as the dash for cash continues.

Make sure not to miss this when Ice Road Truckers returns to our screens on Saturday, December 8 th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Saturday, November 12 on TV 3

“Leave your seat belt unbuckled. If something goes wrong out here hitting the windshield will be the least of our worries.” – Hugh “the Polar Bear” Rowland.

Welcome to Ice Road Truckers, returning for its third season on Saturday, November 12 th at 7:30pm on 3, where the temperature outside is 70 degrees below zero, and if the 50-tonne vehicle happens to go through a soft spot in the ice the fast-freezing water will kill the driver in less the 10 minutes! This season sees ice road legends Hugh “Polar Bear” Rowland and Alex Debogorski returning to the series to take on the most death-defying road so far. Hundred-foot cliffs, hairpin curves, avalanches and minus 70 degree temperatures are just a few of the challenges that await them. “Its slicker than chicken snot up here,” Rowland says of the always challenging ice roads. “You’ve gotta respect the ice or you’re gonna die. Or you’re gonna crash or hurt somebody else. If I were to slow down and hit my tractor brakes, this thing would be a big V headed into the snow bank.”

And in Alaska, Hugh and Alex are no longer considered the kings of the road. Their co-workers at Carlile Transportation, including veteran George Spears, the “King of the Haul Road”, and the fearless Jack Jesse, know what it’s like to haul everything from giant loads of construction materials to oversized drilling rigs across the deadliest ice passage in North America, and they’re looking to show Hugh and Alex a thing or two about driving in Alaska.

Make sure not to miss this when Ice Road Truckers returns for its third season on Saturday, November 12 th at 7:30pm on 3.

THE BOX – Fridays from 21 October, 7.30pm

For the first time in NZ, the second season of this hugely popular series arrives on our screens. It is a job only a few would dare. This year, four ice road truckers; Hugh, Alex, Rick and Drew, return from last season to join Arctic veterans as they venture 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle to drive the most isolated and dangerous ice roads in North America. In the first episode, Hugh and Drew are introduced to their new boss, while Alex waits on his first load of the season.

Rick runs into problems on his way up north, delaying his first ride on the ice. Throughout the season, they will be gunning their rigs, carrying up to 88,000 pounds over a highway made entirely of ice onto the Arctic Ocean, delivering vital materials to natural gas and mineral exploration sites. The road, costing $10 million a year to build, lasts only 60 days! In this short window of time, dozens of 18-wheelers make numerous trips to Canada’s remote diamond mines carrying 10,000 loads of provisions, which supply the mines and their workers for the entire year. Only time will tell if the road will hold out long enough!

The BOX – Fridays from 22 July, 7.30pm

10,000 loads in 60 Days, -50 degree temperatures and one highly treacherous road

Ice Road Truckers, exposes the lives of truckers who drive one of the world’s most dangerous routes – a 350 mile ice highway.

But the highway, situated in northern Canada, is no ordinary transport road. It costs $10 million a year to build and lasts only 60 days! In this short window of time, dozens of 18-wheelers make numerous trips to Canada’s remote diamond mines carrying 10,000 loads of provisions which supply the mines and their workers for the entire year.

the BOX – Sunday 14 March, 8.30pm

This one hour special examines the changes that have taken place in Yellowknife and the ice roads of the region over the past 75 years. From its geological history going back millions of years, to the origins of the indigenous Eskimos that have inhabited the land for hundreds of years, this program will respond to the surprising questions that have intrigued our audience since the series began.

the BOX – Sundays from 3 January, 8.30pm

10,000 loads in 60 Days, -50° temperatures and one highly treacherous road.

Fancy yourself as a bit of an adrenaline junkie? Main hobbies are bungee jumping, white-water rafting and skydiving? You may find your thrills in the unlikeliest of places this January.

Ice Road Truckers, exposes the lives of truckers who drive one of the world’s most dangerous routes – a 350 mile ice highway.

But the highway, situated in northern Canada, is no ordinary transport road. It costs $10 million a year to build and lasts only 60 days! In this short window of time, dozens of 18-wheelers make numerous trips to Canada’s remote diamond mines carrying 10,000 loads of provisions which supply the mines and their workers for the entire year.

Once the ice road melts, the mining communities are inaccessible. Focusing on six drivers, this documentary-style reality series reveals a world which most people don’t even realise exists.

Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30pm

It’s been an emotional, icy ride but the time has come to say goodbye to our brave truck drivers when the season final of the hit reality series Ice Road Truckers screens on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30pm on 3.

The crew and drivers behind the documentary show – about a group of truck drivers who haul thousands of loads of critical provisions over roads made entirely out of ice – have finally made it to spring time.

In the next month, the temperature will rise from around 40-below zero to a much more tolerable 30 degrees. It’s a frightening time of year if you spend your days cruising on a road made out of solid ice.

As Ice Road Trucker Hugh Rowland explains to American TV Guide; “In a little while the road will be completely gone.”

Rowland, nicknamed “The Polar Bear”, became the unlikely star of the Ice Road Truckers series, however the adventure viewers witnessed over the season is nothing new for The Polar Bear.

Rowland’s been driving the ice roads of the far north for nearly 30 years, and according to the ice road veteran the only difference this last season has seen was the addition of the camera crews.

“I don’t mind the cameras as long as they don’t get in my way and cost me money,” explains Rowland, who’s also the boss of some of the guys seen over the season.

But that season is nearly all over, and in this week’s season finale episode titled “On the Edge”, viewers get the chance to witness the truckers reminisce about the dangerous last couple of months and talk about what they do in their free time during the off-season.

Make sure not to miss these revelations when we say goodbye to Ice Road Truckers on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30pm on 3.

Ice Road Truckers, the reality series which reveals the virtually unknown occupation of ice road trucking, considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, continues its action packed season on Wednesday, January 14th at 7:30pm on 3.

And as the Ice Road Truckers truck drivers continue to make the long journey to Yellowknife, Canada for their chance at some quick cash, sources reveal the series could soon be moving to the big screen.

It has been revealed 20th Century Fox has recently purchased the rights to use Ice Road Truckers as the premise for an action film. Peter Pitino, a Canadian Fox spokesman, recently stated that even though the film is still in the concept stages plans are going ahead for a late 2010 release.

There is no word on who will play Yellowknife’s Alex Debogorski, the veteran trucker known on the series for his outgoing personality and hearty laugh.

“I suppose if there’s an opportunity to get involved in it, I’ll have to start jogging and lifting weights,” Debogorski says.

“I’ll have to get some of that Botox and stuff so I look a little younger,” he adds. “I think I can do that.”

Ice Road Truckers follows Debogorski and five other truckers as they hauled loads along the ice roads from Yellowknife to the territory’s diamond mines.

The series has proven a huge hit with both New Zealand and international viewers as fans tune in each week to watch truckers endure frigid northern temperatures and brave the risks associated with hauling industrial loads on an ice road.

But as exciting a ride as the Ice Road Truckers is, being one of the most dangerous occupations in the world definitely does have some setbacks – as Debogorski’s recently experienced himself. The truck driver was recently flown to Stanton Territorial Hospital after experiencing shortness of breath.

Debogorski later revealed he has a blood clot in his lung, but he is very optimistic about his health. “Well, they don’t have to amputate anything and it hasn’t affected my good looks,” he says.

But despite the health scare, Debogorski is already thinking about the fame and fortune that will come with the Ice Road Truckers film. “I can’t wait to have my little action figures right next to the G.I. Joe figures in Wal-Mart,” he says.

But until that time make sure to catch this courageous truck driver hard at work when Ice Road Truckers continues on Wednesday, January 14th at 7:30pm on 3.

The fearless truck drivers continue to make the long journey to Yellowknife, Canada for their chance at some quick cash on the thrilling icy ride that is the Ice Road Truckers, screening Wednesday, January 7th at 7:30pm on 3.

Ice Road Truckers is the story of adventure, perseverance, human ingenuity and most importantly DANGER! Every day the truckers hit the ice roads they are taking their lives into their own hands. One miscalculation of the road, bad weather or an unseen road hazard can mean the difference between life and death. 

If a truck breaks through the ice and sinks into the freezing water, the trucker has less then a minute before they will freeze to death. Ice Road Trucking is definitely not for the faint-hearted. 

Winter is the big money months for these truckers. They push through brutal temperatures and drive more perilous roads than the rest of the year. The drivers’ families stay behind waiting out the season, never knowing if their loved ones are safe. The short operating window, extreme arctic conditions and billions of dollars at stake combine for a high risk, high reward ice road season.

But this job is not only risky; it also has the extra pressure of an unforgiving delivery schedule. The drivers have a short season and the clock is always ticking. They must deliver as many loads as possible before the treacherous ice roads melt.

For every load these truck drivers haul across the ice, they are able to make as much as $2000.  If they have the stamina and strength to weather brutal temperatures and severe blizzards, they can make a year’s salary in just eight weeks. However, they have to move fast and get as many loads as possible – before spring arrives and the road melts away.  

In this week’s episode titled “The Rookie Challenge” we join the truckers more than a month into the ice road season. More than 800 truckers are on the ice, working around the clock in the brutal cold. There are still 4,000 loads that need to make it to the mines this season. However, with spring just around the corner, every load could be the last. 

“In another few weeks, we’re going to be riding through [about six inches] of water across an island of ice,” says Ice Road Truckers boss Hugh “The Polar Bear” Rowland. “A little while after that, the road is just gone.” 

So make sure to join these men on the fast thinning ice when the adventure continues on Ice Road Truckers, screening on Wednesday, January 7th at 7:30pm on 3.

Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:30pm

“Leave your seat belt unbuckled. If something goes wrong out here hitting the windshield will be the least of our worries.” – Hugh “the Polar Bear” Rowland.

Welcome to Ice Road Truckers, screening Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:30pm on 3, where the temperature outside is 20 degrees below zero, and if the 50-ton vehicle happens to go through a soft spot in the ice the fast-freezing water will kill the driver in less the 10 minutes!

These are the very real dangers seen in Ice Road Truckers, the series which follows two months in the lives of six extraordinary men who haul vital supplies to diamond mines over frozen lakes that double as roads over the harsh Canadian winter. The livelihood of many depends on these tenuous roads, which through the years have been responsible for the deaths of dozens of men.

“Its slicker than chicken snot up here,” Rowland says of the always challenging ice roads. “You’ve gotta respect the ice or you’re gonna die. Or you’re gonna crash or hurt somebody else. If I were to slow down and hit my tractor brakes, this thing would be a big V headed into the snow bank.”

For over 120km, truckers drive on the frozen lakes, delivering supplies and construction equipment to the mines. At several points on the way, the “road” is actually 20km offshore. The water underneath the ice regularly breaks through, forming spectacular pressure ridges that look like kilometres of motionless frozen surf.

However most of the action and drama surrounding the Ice Road Truckers has less to do with the elements than the personalities of the drivers – a cranky lot, some of whom have clearly already been bitten by the showbiz bug.

“I don’t mind the cameras as long as they don’t get in my way and cost me money,” says Rowland, who is the boss of some of the guys in this season’s run. “But they ruined a couple of my drivers. Turned them into idiots. They think they’re movie stars!”

Movie stars they may not be but they sure make for thrilling entertainment. Make sure to catch these intriguing characters when Ice Road Truckers continues its icy run on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:30pm on 3.