The women’s finals was an eye-opener, with nearly every rider spinning a 900 or above for one of their jumps, and four of the final six women stomping at least one double cork.
However, one of the two riders who didn't put down a double in one of her runs was also the women who took the victory, as Zoi Sadowski-Synott instead relied on good, old-fashioned amplitude, style, and rock-solid landings to take the win with a two-jump combo of a backside 1080 Weddle grab, and a switch backside 900 Weddle for a score of 162.40. That she managed to get back to the top of the course and stomp her second and third runs after landing on the knuckle and crashing in run one made her win even more impressive.
“I’m super grateful to be able to compete again after nine or ten months off. I’ve just been back home all this time, training in New Zealand” said Zoi Sadowski-Synnott just before the awards ceremony, “I’ve never won a World Cup in big air, and this is my first FIS competition in a while, so it means a lot to be back and be competing and win with such a big field again. It’s really exciting to see what all the girls are putting down, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings as everyone gets more and more consistent. It’s going to be exciting to watch.”
Sadowski-Synnott’s win was by the barest of margins, as the gap between first and third place was just a single point. Taking second place, just .60 back of the New Zealander Zoi Sadowski-Synnott was rising Japanese star Kokomo Murase, who stomped the highest scoring trick of the competition on either the women’s or the men’s side when she earned a 92.00 for a massive backside double cork 1260. However, she wasn’t quite able to maintain that standard with her final hit double Underflip 900, falling just short of Zoi Sadowski-Synnott’s mark with a final score of 161.80.
Third on the evening went to Austria’s own Anna Gasser, who stomped a backside double cork 1080 melon and a cab double Underflip 900 Weddle for a score of 161.40, missing out on a home-soil win by just a point. There was some speculation that Anna Gasser might look to become the first woman ever to stomp a triple cork in competition on Saturday night, however, it seems we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for what will be a momentous occasion for snowboarding - once it arrives.