Australian boy killed in avalanche in Austria named

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The 16 year old Australian skier tragically killed in an avalanche in Austria on Wednesday has been named. 

Max Meyer, a Sydney International Grammar school student was entering Year 11 this year but died in an avalanche in St Anton, Austria this week.

He was skiing with his parents and younger brother when the family found themselves in precarious terrain and called for help. Meyer and his mother were caught in an avalanche that happened while waiting for help to arrive. Sadly he did not survive and was buried underneath two metres of snow.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Sydney International Grammar School will open tomorrow and next week for mourning students with counsellors available to assist and support. 

Austria and parts of Europe have experienced extreme snow conditions the past week with 15 weather related deaths. Some ski resorts have been closed due to level 5 avalanche danger.

The Australian ski community is a tight knit one, this is gut wrenching news and our sincere thoughts are with the Meyer family.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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