So Ned, Hana and I made it back from Redding this afternoon. Turns out that the Doc out there says Ned didn't actually tear his ligament, but was having an issue that his knee (cap?) would dislocate when it was fully extended. He said its fairly common in little dogs but pretty rare in larger breeds, but happens due to injury which makes sense with us thinking he hurt it initially in the snow.
On the up side the surgey he ended up doing wasn't as invasive or expensive (still more then our tax return) as the TTA we were originally planning on; but he'll still be confined/restricted to doing nothing for at least 3 weeks.
We'll see how hes doing tommorrow morning but as of tonight he's been passed out but otherwise doing well.