We see the VIX get to 12 often, especially around the end of December. However, the future doesnt always end up expiring into a 12 handle (like last year). However, this year, there is a massive ammount of open interest ammasing in downside puts in VIX. There are bids in VIX options al the way down to 11.5 and massive ammounts of open interst.
While VIX is low and the futures are only trading at a semi normal premium option volatilty in VIX has exploded again:
The best bet for hedging is probalby now VIX call spread and not backspreads anymore. That said, this spike might disapate as soon as NDX stops tanking.
Take a look at VIX its back below 13, take a look at VVIX its near 85 again. Take a look at the Dec and Jan futures, they appear to be trading at a normal spread relative to cash: