My husband had a laminectomy and discectomy a few years ago. His surgery was in late July and he was skiing on New Years. Had his best ski season to date, moguls and all.
He prepared for it though. He exercised in every way he could before hand so he would not lose too much strength during the recovery. He got hypnotized shortly before surgery to help him keep a positive attitude during the process. (he had family history which made the surgery especially traumatic.) He got an ipod with good tunes to listen to while under. He was out of hospital in two days which we are told was unusual. He has been pain free since recovery.
Some advice on recovery: it is a delicate balance between doing too much and not enough to speed recovery. If you push too hard, it's easy to slip back and make the recovery time even longer. If you are too careful, it's easy to coddle yourself and not get better soon enough. Get out and walk as soon as the dr. says OK, but don't go far; slow, steady progress is best. We started walking half a block and slowly progressed to an easy mountain road (for the spirit as well as the body) and added 15 minutes to the round trip every day until he could Walk for miles. it really worked and he has had an excellent outcome. Pilate's after full recovery has helped too.
be sure to let your surgeon and the person overseeing your recovery know you are an athlete and want to get back to skiing, so they have some sense of how much to let you do.
Best of luck to you!