I've been locked into a pretty secure job for the last 6 years, so I personally don't know. I have had friends find new jobs though that sort thing. They are definitely out here. I imagine it's just a little tougher. The Denver economy is definitely better than in Stockton/Modesto. You should find it easier than that place. There are a ton of cell phone stores in the area, I am pretty sure you'll find plenty that are hiring.
You'll definitely have a quicker drive to quality resorts than you do from Stockton. What is the closest resort there? Dodge Ridge or Bear? Aren't those around 90 minutes to two hours? 2 or 3 hours to Tahoe?
I70 is a junk show on weekends though. Kind of like I80 is on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon.