Australian teenager dies in Austria avalanche

A man removes snow from a road during heavy snowfall in Eisenerz Austria

A man removes snow from a road during heavy snowfall in Eisenerz Austria

The boy was reportedly a student at Sydney's International Grammar School, which has offered support to fellow students.

Max Meyer was skiing in St Anton am Arlberg in Austria when he was buried under a huge wall of snow.

As they were waiting for a rescue team, a slab of snow broke away, causing an avalanche that covered the 16-year-old boy and his German mother. "The school will be open tomorrow and next week, and senior staff, counselors and I will be there to assist should you require support".

At the school, Max was involved in mock trials and was part of a team that placed in the top four of a statewide competition late a year ago.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of reports about the death and stood ready to provide consular assistance to the family of the victim.

In Europe, heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden today, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut.

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A 16 year old Australian Boy has died while skiing after he was buried in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps as his parents and brother looked on helplessly.

The natural disaster comes amid reports of at least 17 people being killed across Europe by snow and severe weather in recent days, according to the Daily Mail.

Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow, lorries and cars got stuck for hours on a highway in south-western Germany.

On Norway's Arctic Svalbard islands, more than 100 people were evacuated as a precaution because of a storm and the risk of avalanches.

A man makes his way at the early morning after heavy snow fall in Munich, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10. The Svalbard archipelago is 800 kilometres north of Norway's mainland.

Authorities also warned of a risk of avalanches in northern areas of the Norwegian mainland.

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