Australian teen dies in Austrian avalanche

Australian teenager killed in avalanche in Austria

Australian teenager killed in avalanche in Austria

In Bulgaria, authorities said two snowboarders died in an avalanche today.In German, a nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree and the driver of a snow plow died today after his vehicle toppled into an icy river.

At least seven people have died in the Alps during a weekend of heavy snow, with skiers facing a high avalanche risk in Austria, Germany and Italy.

In neighbouring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a 37-year-old Slovak man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.

The family issued a call for help after running into trouble while skiing off- piste near the St Anton resort in Tyrol, a police spokesman said.

Rescuers found the boy 20-minutes after the avalanche but were unable to revive him. His mother had also been trapped but managed to free herself in time, according to reports.

The family was believed to be from NSW, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

'Max Meyer was about to enter Year 11, and his life has been tragically cut short, ' the principal, Shauna Colnan, said.

"I have spoken with Max's father and have extended my deepest condolences on behalf of the IGS school community, and offered the family all of our support".

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A further Six German teenagers are lucky to be alive after emerging from an avalanche that engulfed them at Wildkogel resort in the Salzburg province.

The highest red warnings are in place in Germany and Austria with more heavy snow expected to fall in the coming days.

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

Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow, and schools were closed in parts of Bavaria.

Several skiers have been killed in harsh weather across Europe this week.

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