‘Gold Rush: Alaska’: The Hoffmans Finally Break Even

by | February 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM | Gold Rush: Alaska

Even though fans of “The Soup” mostly know about “Gold Rush: Alaska” via its generous use of the term “glory hole,” the show is about real people risking it all in the hope of striking it rich, just like the people who traveled to California to do the same in the mid-1800s.

But this time around, the stakes are even higher, because crews don’t use shovels and sifting pans, they use backhoes and rock breakers and other heavy equipment that costs a mint and are dangerous to operate. There’s a lot involved to just dredge up a few ounces of the precious metal at a time.

For two years, the Hoffman team has been sifting away in the cold, competitive wilds of Alaska, just trying to find enough gold to make everyone at least some money. In Friday night’s episode, they came up with a big haul, enough to get them to the point where everything the team finds from that point until the end of the mining season — in other words, when everything freezes — is pure profit.

In the season finale, which airs on Friday, Feb. 24 at 9 pm Eastern on Discovery, the three teams that the cameras have been following all season go down to the wire, risking life, limb and equipment to get the last bits of gold they can find out of the quickly freezing ground. The New York Post found the finale to be a compelling conclusion to the season, and fans of the show are waiting to see who comes out ahead. And, yes, there’s plenty of talk of “glory holes.” So even fans of “The Soup” should tune in, just to see what all the fuss is about.