Ski industry pioneer and gardening guru Ralph Markby dies at age 85.
Markby was one of the founders of Treble Cone skifield and later joined the board of directors.
He had two books published. Snow Business in 2008, a book on the New Zealand ski industry history, and Garden Plants for Central Otago in 2005.
In the mid-1950′s, Markby and a business partner set up office furniture company Metalon Products in Dunedin, NZ.
He moved permanently from Dunedin to Wanaka around 1990 and had been living in Alexandra in recent months until he passed away.
Photo Credit to Marjorie Cook.