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Australian boy killed by an avalanche in Austria

An unnamed 16-year-old Australian boy has been killed Wednesday in front of his family after being caught in a huge avalanche in St Anton am Arlberg in Austria.

The teenager had been skiing with his mother, his 58-year-old father and his 14-year-old brother when they found themselves in an off-piste area. After, the avalanche occurred. The mother was able to free herself from the snow without injury.  Her son was swept along for hundreds of meters and was completely buried in more than two metres of snow. His death was the 15th in the mountains in recent weeks. More than three meters of snow has fallen in the region in the past week. The St Anton resort warns of widespread high avalanche danger with increasingly frequent naturally-triggered avalanches occurring.

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Six German teenagers were luckier, emerging alive from an avalanche that engulfed them at the Wildkogel resort in Austria's Salzburg province. Europe's snow chaos determined red warnings in Germany and Austria. In the Austrian town of Hohentauern there were 2,000 people trapped as three feet of snow fell overnight and covered the roads. More than 1,000 miles of ski slope and 450 ski lifts have been closed because of the weather. The freezing weather has led to multiple Alpine towns being evacuated, with more snow on the way in the coming days. Travel in the Netherlands, Greece and other countries was also affected.Many flights were cancelled across Europe.

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