Disclosure: I have reviewed this previously on LibraryThing ([...] I had 'won' a copy of this book in exchange for a review, thanks to the Early Reviewer program on the website. I am providing a review here based upon an additional request from the publisher.
If one has never skied before in their entire life and then picks up this book to try to remedy the situation, then perhaps this book may help prepare them. If, on the other hand, one has skied before (but isn't so hot at it), then this book would be of limited use. The book provides a relatively quick summary of the history of skiing, ski terms (mostly from a European perspective... which of course makes sense given the target audience), and some jarring generalizations and stereotypes that apparently passes for humor.
I had learned a few random bits of skiing trivia thanks to this book, but I wouldn't say this knowledge has changed my life for the better. Prior to reading I had thought that perhaps the book might poke fun at the world of skiing while at the same time explaining some of the more esoteric facets of it... sadly, it was not very successful at achieving this. The main joke is centered on how to be a pompous a** while learning how to ski. The 3 star rating is mainly because it did present factual information. My tip is to just skip to the glossary - really the most interesting and humorous section of the entire book.