Lake Albina is located about 2.5 km north of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia. 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). In 1952 the first Albina Summer Slalom Cup was held, taking advantage of the seasonally unusual snow conditions. Summer time ski events continued for at least another 3 years on either Mount Kosciuszko or Mount Townsend. 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 .
A skier assessing the ruins of Albina Ski Lodge, November 2011. Photo by Leigh Blackall