I can't speak specifically for that drive, but I've driven from leadville to ski cooper a few times with snowy roads, and I lived at copper last season. I Don't think that drive would be too bad, there will probably be a couple of days that it takes you an hour to make the drive, or have to go around, or wait a few hours for the plows to get out to 24. Do you have 4wd? Snow tires? 24 is kind of lower priorty to I70 so it's not as well maintained, but it also sees much lower traffic (til vail pass closes and everybody tries to go around)
for what you will save not living in vail, it's probably worth it, but there will most likely be some frustrating days when you will wish you lived in vail.