Having spent some time driving in Germany years ago, what struck me was not the "autobahn" but rather a willingness to control traffic flow via lane usage, particularly passing restrictions for CMV. CMV should not be allowed in the left lane up grades. Attempts to pass on grades by vehicles that cannot do it effectively are, IME, a major issue. I think this is low hanging fruit, and not just on I-70. Efficient traffic flow requires more control. Some of this is just another typical cultural "don't tell me what to do" problem.
Putting equipment checks in will only increase the congestion. How much of a backup do you think you'd get from doing so? I'f that's going to be implemented, I'd also support Genesee as at least I can bypass that.
It would push congestion down the mountain where it is based on volume rather than vehicle recovery. We already have chain laws. Presumably all the people who are not equipped stop trying when restrictions are in place. CDOT could look at giving people passes with an automatic scan in one lane who have their vehicle pre-registered. Take a picture of the license plate as the pass is scanned and levy a heavy fine for moving that pass to another vehicle. If E-470 can run a toll road full time without toll booth attendants, CDOT can do it here.
One other theory aligns with the use of merge control stop lights at interchanges. By keeping the heaviest traffic from cramming choke points, especially in bad weather, you get more efficient traffic flow. I think a lot of people would also leave earlier to effect better flow at checkpoints. I'd rather do that than trying to leave earlier to beat vehicle failures. I think predictability matters here, and the wrong thing (stranded vehicles) is what is currently predictable.
Anyway, Genessee doesn't work unless Rt. 6 has a check point, too. Plus, you don't want chains on at Genessee most days when it is really the passes that are the issue, although I would certainly favor being able to do either spot depending on the storm.
Tolling is simply a mechanism of rationing demand for a limited resource.
Tolling is also a use tax. I don't have a problem with use taxes where nearly all of the benefit accrues to the user, but I think it is highly suspect when the general population benefits. Infrastructure is a poor place to levy use tax, not much better than shifting educational costs to parents for things like bus transportation. Ski tourism is a major boon to the CO economy, so why would local skiers have to pay a use tax? It's not like we have good alternatives in public transportation.
Having said that, I suppose I would be fine with a toll because of the indirect correlation to lack of proper equipment. People only test their luck regularly because of a lack of budget, and increasing the cost of skiing will cull out some of that usage. Probably not enough to stop the problem, though, unless the toll is quite expensive.