A 54-year-old woman died Thursday after waiting hours in a auto which got stuck in a convoy on the highway due to heavy snowfall in Bavaria in Germany's south while a nine-year-old boy in the Aying district in Munich died after being trapped under a toppled tree on the same day, local police said.
Sydney student Max Meyer was on a holiday to Austria with his family when he was tragically caught in an avalanche.
The family was in untracked and steep terrain when Meyer became trapped by the avalanche.
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. It covered the mother and her 16-year-old son.
Rescuers retrieved the boy's body in two metres of snow 20 minutes after arriving and were unable to revive him. "The woman was able to free herself from the snow and remained unhurt".
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In neighbouring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a 37-year-old man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.
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.
The heavy weather has caused at least nine deaths in Austria.
More than a dozen people have been killed in weather-related accidents across the continent over the past week, most in avalanches.
The Austrian minister responsible for tourism, Elisabeth Koestinger, said that "in most skiing areas, there is no reason for concern at present if people keep to the rules and don't leave the secured slopes".