While mining for gold may seem like an outdated profession, it’s still alive and well, as evidenced by Discovery channel’s hit series, Gold Rush.

The reality/documentary show premiered in 2010 and has aired almost 260 episodes over 11 seasons. It follows the gold mining efforts of various family-run mining companies, mainly in the Klondike region of Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. 

The reality show about these gold miners proved lucrative and spawned a veritable cornucopia of spinoff series. 


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'Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune' Is a Little Different 

Now Discovery Channel’s top-rated series is getting another spinoff: Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune. According to The Hollywood Reporter, season 1 of this series will premiere on July 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, on both Discovery and Discovery+.

Like most shows in the franchise, Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune will be filmed in two major areas: the Alaska panhandle near Haines and the Klondike region of the Yukon. 

But unlike the previous Gold Rush series, this series will be different. Set during the winter, Yukon territory’s frozen ground and arctic conditions make even the simplest tasks near impossible. 

The miners will have to fight through subfreezing temperatures and prepare themselves for their ambitious score next spring. This season will focus less on the miners’ effort to dig as much gold as possible. 

Parker Schnabel Won’t Be In This Series

During the press release announcing the series, Discovery also revealed the show’s five principal cast members: Tony Beets, Rick Ness, Dave Turin, Fred Lewis, and Dustin Hurt. They have all starred on other Gold Rush shows.

However, it appears Parker Schnabel, one of the prominent faces on the series, will not be making a comeback this season. 


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Schnabel was just a kid when Gold Rush first aired, but he took over his family’s mining company when his grandfather died. After that, he appeared a handful of times on the series and quickly became a fan favorite. 

The Cast Members and Their Plans

During the press release, the audiences also got a glimpse of what each cast member will face this season. 

Longtime Klondike miner Beets, aka “The Klondike King,” intends to triple his gold haul and makes a risky multi-million dollar investment to upgrade his machinery and equipment.

Meanwhile, Ness is trying to get his crew to scale up their operations and convince them that his investments are sound and that he’s got his eye firmly on the future. 

Turin starts off the season by trying to pick up as much land as possible to beat his gold count from last season. 


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Newcomer Lewis mined just $12,000 worth of gold in his rookie season. He is now ready to take a gamble, but first, he has to find a claim that can pay and convince his family and military brothers to join him for another season. 

Lastly, Hurt has to assess and fix damages that resulted from an intense landslide.

You can watch the first season of Gold Rush: Winter’s Fortune on Discovery and Discovery+.