You could try Gunnison. Crested Butte is about 30 minutes from there. There are several restaurants, a college, and cheap rent. Snow can be fickle, but they are getting nuked this year. The terrain at Crested Butte is about as gnarly as it gets.
Summit County would work, but more expensive to live at. Samething with Winterpark.
Tahoe is another good choice, or Jackson (again expensive). Just depends on what you want to ride.