Some docs will tell their 'victims' that they will never ski again. A new doc and the right repairs and the 'never ski agains' are tearing it up on the slopes. I have heard first hand of these stories. Not all docs share the same opinions or knowledge of what is good and what is bad.
Interestingly, after speaking with a colleague who’s a racer and had had also ruptured his ACL, suggested that I seek a second opinion (his surgeon), so I did. This surgeon immediately prescribed PT and ordered an exhaustive bone-scan (15+ mins!) and diagnosis for the knee. After a week, when I had gone through 3 PT sessions and the results of the diagnosis and scans are out, guess what, this surgeon recommended no surgery (yes, shocking, from a surgeon).
If there's any advice, I'd say really heed the "not to rush" one. No matter how much you want to go back to jumping off cliffs and off the Secret Bowl, and no matter how much behind your buds you are, you want to ski at your own pace, and do so that you progress gradually and comfortably.
Oh, and leg raises and similar sorts of exercises prescribed by the PT are important daily. Once you have strength, try doing the same exercises wearing your ski boot.