White-hot Winter Olympic favourite Britt Cox started the new season where she left off earlier this year with a dominant win in the World Cup moguls event.
The Australian, who had stormed to seven World Cup wins, an overall title and a world championship in a breakout 2016/17, was again at her best with victory in Ruka, Finland.
In foggy conditions in Lapland, the Victorian showed her remarkable consistency by topping qualifying, winning the first final and then taking victory when it mattered most in the six-woman super final where she scored 80.32.
“I got my first ever World Cup here at Ruka a year ago, so taking the win feels awesome,” Cox said.
“And it being an Olympic season it’s obviously very exciting, that’s the pinnacle event of the season and everyone’s motivated.”
Canada’s Audrey Robichaud won silver on 77.73 and Russia’s Marika Pertakhiya rounded out the podium on 74.59.
It was a rough event for the Australian men however with no skiers able to get beyond the qualification round.
Matt Graham, who had an excellent domestic season and is considered a strong medal hope in Pyeongchang, finished 46th after crashing on his second jump in the first run.
World No.1 Mikael Kingsbury held true to form to top the men’s event, followed by the Kazakhstan duo of Dmitriy Reikherd and Pavel Kolmakov.
Meanwhile in Copper Mountain, Colorado, Scotty James finished ninth in the snowboard halfpipe event.
James, the world champion and X-Games title holder from last season, had raised hopes of a perfect start to the 2017/18 season with an electric qualifying performance in which he finished first.
But James couldn’t back that up in the decider where he finished ninth.
The event was taken out Japan’s Ayumi Hirano with Americans Ben Ferguson and Shaun White second and third.
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