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I would go surgery.
I had my ACL done, and it is fine. I have had no further problems with it. In the long run, your best option is to get it fixed and move on.
I hurt my knee in early January of my last ski bum year. I knew I was going to grad school, so I got a brace made and tried to ski out the rest of the year. After a month and a half I realized I just couldn't push it the way I wanted to. It was all mental, but the instability made me more cautious, to the point where I just did not want to keep going. I got my surgery and am fine today. I don't ski 120 days a year anymore, more like 35-40, but if I were to leave my job and go back to the mountains I would have no reluctance in trusting my knee. I excercise a lot, which will be important. Stong leg muscles will give you stability once your new ACL is in place. Strength won't mean you can't tear it again, but it does give you better odds.
How strong is your leg right now? You want it as strong as possible before surgery, as you will lose muscle in rehab. From what I have heard, the stronger you are going in, the faster you will rehab.
i tore my Acl last year and i was able to ski 6 months after i still have to wear a brace but in the long run it will be better to get surgery or it might effect you for the rest of your life.