We left Telluride, crossing over Lizard Head pass at 10,222'. We realised we had been at quite high elevations for some weeks, if not months, and this moment felt as though we were leaving the mountains.
"From Gucci to Peacocks" (Editor; for US readers, think Dollar Store).
It was true. The impact the ski 'industry' has on a town or area is immense, economically speaking, for better or worse.
The scenery wasn't effected by the economics, though, but it was to change drastically the further we travelled west.