Tobby’s Track was used when the original road was much shorter and did not reach the ski basin. It was named after Tobby Hardy Boyes who had a reputation for carrying large loads of gear up to the landing at the top. The track goes up from the right side of the road, just below Stratford’s Corner, and emerges from the bush on the flat area near where the explosives magazine is now. In the beginning this flat area was used as a helicopter pad.
An early aerial photo of virgin untouched country. Looking into the head of Six Mile Creek, Upper Wairau River Rainbow Forest Park. The skyline ridge is the top of the St Arnaud Range, which overlooks the head of Lake Rotoiti. Photo taken before any ski field development in the early winter of 1975.
Helen Rance tells the story of Tobby's Track:
"Barry and I found the remnants of this track in 2009 – it is steep and the top flat is very swampy. After emerging from the bush there is still a long way to walk to the base building. Markers carry on from the start of the track down the river. We understand the track is now used for trapping lines."