2011 is coming to an end, which means we're halfway through the Arctic winter. The sea ice is thickening up nicely everywhere in the Arctic interior, but things aren't progressing as uniformly at the edges. Just like last year we see an above average ice cover in some regions, but a very slow freeze-up in other regions.
A good example of the former is Hudson Bay. It was extremely late in freezing over last year, and thus melted very fast in Spring. This year, however, its ice cover is almost average for the time of year according to the Cryosphere Today regional SIA graph:
The Bering Sea region is above average and will hit its maximum SIA fairly easily in the coming weeks: