Ice Road Truckers premiered on HST on June 17, 2007. Ice Road Truckers is a story about adventure, perseverance, human ingenuity and most importantly DANGER. Every day the truckers hit the ice roads they are taking their lives into their hands. One miscalculation of the road, bad weather or an unseen road hazard can mean the difference between life and death. If a rig 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 not for the faint-hearted. Winter is the BIG MONEY months for our 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. Through the eyes of our cast we will learn the dangers of building & driving the ice roads and the importance of maintaining them. The job is not only risky, but it also has the extra pressure of an unforgiving delivery schedule. Our 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. Vital new ventures in natural gas and gas hydrate are at the mercy of these ice roads as their exclusive method of transport for their lifeline of heavy machinery and supplies. Millions of dollars are at stake this winter; if the deliveries are not made, the projects will not be completed and revenue will be lost for the town, the truckers and the trucking companies.