A Sydney schoolboy has died following an avalanche in Austria

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

In Germany and Austria, it is reported that seven people have died as a result of the extreme conditions, and at least 14 weather-related deaths have been reported across Europe over the last week.

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

Police said the family had left their ski resort at around 4.40 p.m. local time. It covered the mother and her 16-year-old son.

'The avalanche came to a standstill at the bottom of the valley and had a thickness of up to four metres. "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.

Rescuers could only retrieve Meyer's body about 20 minutes later.

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.


It was "such an enormous loss", the parent said.

"He was an absolute buzz to be around and so smart, especially in languages".

"He was always first to participate in initiatives at school and always striving to be more involved", he posted on Facebook.

A former schoolmate wrote on social media that Max would be "missed by all his peers". "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 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it "stands ready to provide consular assistance to the family of the victim in accordance with the Consular Services Charter".

Austrian public broadcaster ORF previously reported that the weather was expected to calm on Friday but further heavy snow could be expected on Sunday.

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