‘Gold Rush’ Goes ‘X Games Mode’ in Epic Preview of Friday’s Episode

by Joe Rutland

If you have not seen a preview for Friday night’s “Gold Rush” episode, then sit down and take a look at this little “X Games” like view.

“Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune” features Dustin Hurt and Carlos Minor being dropped down onto some snowy land. This two-plus-minute clip released by Discovery shows some of the twosome’s trek. It also shows the two miners doing their best to maneuver through some wet, deep snow.

As you will see below, they do their best but oh boy, it’s tough going. Take a look at this teaser for the show, which airs on Discovery at 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, on Friday night.

As you can tell, Dustin and Carlos were having some fun. But there also were moments that were not humorous. Like when they collide…or when they have to repack wet snow in order to move through it downhill.

It’s just part of the fun and danger awaiting these miners as “Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune” rolls along. This is the show’s first season as it debuted on Discovery on July 30. Tony Beets, Rick Ness, and Fred Lewis also appear on the spin-off that shows all four of them (including Hurt) mining during the spring season.

Like its main-show counterpart “Gold Rush,” the spin-off’s action takes place in the Yukon region of Canada as well as in Alaska.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Said Mining In Klondike ‘Getting Tougher’

“Gold Rush” fans have a strong fondness for Rick Ness. They seem to find something in the minder that sparks the feeling or emotion about this gold miner.

He would like to feel a fondness for the mining ground in the Klondike region. There is a specific problem Ness called out.

In an interview with Looper, Ness said, “They’re not making any more ground with gold in it. There is still, I would say, a lot of ground left in the Klondike with gold in it, but the fact of the matter is that it’s getting harder and harder to get back to that ground.”

It would help to have more ground not only for mining but for maneuvering larger equipment. Ness and his fellow miners have to work within the space they have available to them.

Sometimes, they work long hours with the equipment they do have. It is not easy, though. Ness of “Gold Rush” also said that the effort at times does not equal their payout in gold.

“You know, you can fly a helicopter out to the middle of nowhere where no one’s ever been and there could be an amazing amount of gold there,” Ness said. “But if you don’t have the money to put the infrastructure into getting in, that really ain’t worth anything.”