Bummer man! Yeah, Stephen and I met for the first time, and along with my wife and another fellow, we all had a great time. At least I thought so. :) I've never backpacked in snow this deep, and it was a good learning experience.
Keep and eye out for gatherings in the Midwest. There are some folks from Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin that occasionally try to plan something. The most active group, at least for meet-ups, is the Michigan contingent, and their trips are mostly taken in the U.P.
I'll be getting some photos up at some point, so check back within the next few days.