Week 44 northern hemisphere snow extent has increased by 25% since the start of the satellite era in 1979, and this year has the second highest snow extent during that period. Russia and Canada are almost completely covered with snow.

Rutgers University Climate Lab : Global Snow Lab.

http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/table_area.php?ui_set=0&ui_sort=1
2012 also set the record for the greatest Antarctic sea ice cover ever measured.

Climate experts tell us that declining snow and ice cover is an essential ingredient of global warming.