You cold easily live in Salt Lake City, it'll be easier to find a job, and the mountains are plenty close. Depending on where you locate, the drive can be around 20 minutes to Snowbird, Solitude, and Brighton. Ogden has much the same type of access for Snobasin or Powder Mountain. Less traffic there too.
Breck puts you in Summit County. There is a lot of different types of business up there, but as you can imagine, it's a fight for the good jobs. Still, the resorts hire, and if you can stick around, I'm sure you'll find something more steady. Season Passes have been relatively cheap and I suspect they will remain so for at least another couple of years. You also have the Denver option, not as close as Salt Lake, but it is a city with a little of everything. You are generally looking at somewhere around an hour drive to most spots. I70 is a shit show on weekends, the bane of my existence at times. Still snowboarding in fresh pow in March then coming down to town, wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and sitting on a patio drinking beer in 70 degree weather doesn't suck either.
Tahoe is probably the toughest spot. The towns are really small. Not much going on in Tahoe, Truckee, even South Lake with all the Casinos. Reno might be an option for you. Sacramento on the other side is a bit longer of a drive. The 'hoe is rad for sure. My experience there is about 15 years in the past now, so I am sure some of the local guys can chime in about the scene there.