It’s time to freeze. On the new season of Life Below Zero, the series’ Alaskans are in preparation mode in the weeks before winter arrives, fighting to stock enough food, fortify their buildings and gather the resources they need before they’re hit with months of darkness, isolation and bone-chilling cold.
For Sue Aikens, the challenges this winter are tougher than ever. Nine months out of the year, Sue is the only resident of her camp in Kavik, 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle. With only a family of foxes and a retired sled dog to keep her company, there’s no community to support her during the winter months – and no dialing 911 if anything goes wrong. From facing down bears that threaten her camp to navigating hundreds of miles of dark tundra, Sue’s characteristic toughness serves her well during the bitter winter.
Kicking off their winter preparations with an epic fish hunt to feed their sled dogs, Andy and Kate Bassich aren’t wasting any time in prepping for the cold. They’re even taking on an apprentice this winter in hopes of training a whole new generation of off-the-grid pioneers, utilizing an extra set of hands while exposing their newcomer to the harsh realities of Alaskan survival.
With a responsibility to feed their children and village elders Chip and Agnes Hailstone have a tough job ahead in preparing for the freeze. For the family, it’s finally time for their eldest children to step up and help. From scoping out new hunting grounds in time for their important annual moose hunt to repurposing everyday items into essential appliances and tools, the Hailstones’ no-waste mentality serves them well.
Wilderness guide and professional hunter Erik Salitan returns from guide season to his home in Wiseman, just in time for winter preps. An avid subsistence hunter, Erik’s winter mission is to track wolves for their fur, which he can utilize to purchase fuel, food and other winter necessities.
In a desperate race against Mother Nature, can the Alaskans secure all their preps before winter arrives? Don’t miss the LBZ season premiere tonight at 9P.