I am kinda close
Those areas are where I learned to hard boot. I am originally from a Southwest suburb of Chicago, so I know all the local hills, and will be at them over Christmas break. I am up in Marquette, MI now for school, so I'll be at Marquette Mtn. almost daily once it opens. If you ever want to hook up, let me know. It's always cool to see someone here in the Mid-west that knows that hard boots aren't just for skis.
NMU Alpine Snowboard Team
IT ain't broke, it just lacks Duct tape!