Lake Albina

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Lake Albina
Lake Albina.jpg
Lake Albina from downstream in late October 2011. Image by Leigh Blackall
Location Kosciuszko National Park
Coordinates 36°25′30″S 148°16′30″E / 36.425°S 148.275°E / -36.425; 148.275Coordinates: 36°25′30″S 148°16′30″E / 36.425°S 148.275°E / -36.425; 148.275
Type Glacial cirque
Basin countries Australia
Surface elevation 1920 m
Frozen June–September

Lake Albina is a glacial lake in the Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia.

Lake Albina is located about 2.5 km north of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia.[1] The lake is about 500 metres long and 50 metres wide. It is located in a ravine, with Mount Townsend to the west and Mount Lee and Mount Northcote to the east. Lake Albina drains northwards towards the Geehi River through Lady Northcote's canyon.

In 1951, the Lake Albina Ski Lodge was built overlooking the lake from upstream, by The Ski Tourers Association, (later renamed The Australian Alpine Club).[2] In 1952 the first Albina Summer Slalom Cup was held, taking advantage of the seasonally unusual snow conditions.[3] Summer time ski events continued for at least another 3 years on either Mount Kosciuszko or Mount Townsend.[4] The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) required the club to vacate the lodge in 1969, and it gradually became a ruin. It was finally demolished by NPWS in 1983 .[citation needed]

A skier assessing the ruins of Albina Ski Lodge, November 2011. Photo by Leigh Blackall

References[edit]

  1. ^ West,D., (1994) Kosciuszko Natural Heritage.
  2. ^ "LAKE ALBINA SKI LODGE.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 17 May 1951. p. 11. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "SUMMER SKIING CONTEST.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1954) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 2 January 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1954) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 5 January 1954. p. 2. Retrieved 8 November 2011.