Published by Bluffer's
The first thing you notice about this Bluffer's Guide is the size - it will easily slip into your pocket or bum bag so you can bluff 'on the piste', so to speak. Small it may be, but it is packed full of helpful and interesting information, assisting the least proficient skier to appear experienced and knowledgeable.
There is detailed coverage of where in the world to find the best skiing, and this is helpfully divided into places where a bluffer could be most successful and also where a bluffer should definitely avoid. All types of snow are explained (there are more than one, apparently), as are the essential equipment and clothing, plus all the dos and don'ts you are likely to need.
Each country has its strong points, whether it be variety of pistes, accommodation, olde worlde charming ski resorts or purpose-built monstrosities. Most important of all, though, is the après-ski.
The many types of ski lift are explained, and also the many ways to avoid hurting yourself when mounting and dismounting these sometimes tortuous modes of transport. Serious injury to body and ego can occur if this advice is not heeded, and you may look foolish to boot.
Appearances are very important - in some cases, the gaudier the better, but there are limits. The newer the apparel, the more of a novice you will look, unless you are rich enough not to bother what others think of you.
Overall, for someone who wants to bluff their way into the ski set, this book is a must. Keep it handy for reference at all times, but don't let anyone see the book's cover as you brush up on your etiquette, whilst waiting in one of the huge queues you are bound to experience at the more popular resorts.