Re: Skiing after recent back injury
I think your gut instinct already knows that you are taking a risk if you go skiing. Could you go along and sit by the fire with a good book, and join your friends for meals, and a nice walk through the woods?
Not knowing what was causing your back pain to begin with, it is hard to say much more, but unless you know how to fall so that your spine will not be jarred, and you can go down the hill in a way that is not jarring to the discs in your spine, I just don't see how it is going to help the condition of your spine.
If this were an activity you did all the time, and all the supporting muscles were finely tuned and strong, it might be less damaging. As it is, I don't know that I'd be willing to take the risk....
Good luck making your decision.