Australian teenager dies in Austria avalanche

A snow plough clears the A9 highway in Garching southern Germany

Local police said the boy died after the family found themselves in rough, untracked and very steep terrain on Wednesday.

"Max Meyer was about to enter Year 11, and his life has been tragically cut short", Colnan added, according to the ABC.

He was on a skiing holiday with his family when he was buried by the avalanche as his parents and brother looked on helplessly, according to reports.

Media reports out of Austria say the family were skiing together when they became stuck in hard terrain, and called for help.

An Australian family's winter holiday has ended in tragedy after a teenager was killed while skiing in Austria.

"The woman was able to free herself from the snow and remained unhurt", a police statement said. "Such quantities of snow above 800m altitude only happen once every 30 to 100 years", said Alexander Radlherr from Austria's Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics. "I have also advised our school community that if they need support, they can reach out to our counsellors and to senior staff and me for help".

Australia's foreign affairs department is providing consular assistance to the teenager's family.

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Max's death occurred as once-in-a-generation heavy snowfall continues to paralyse travel and tourism in parts of the Alps.

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

The avalanche happened while they were waiting for rescuers.

Parts of Austria and southern Germany experienced heavy snowfall on Thursday, as bad weather caused problems across Europe.

Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow, trucks and cars got stuck for hours on a highway in southwestern Germany and schools were closed in parts of Bavaria.

More than a dozen people have been killed in weather-related accidents across the continent over the past week, most in avalanches.

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