With Olympic qualification still unclear, this event has taken on even more importance. It meant that in the second run, most riders wanted to post conservative scores to guarantee a top five place rather than go for the win.
It’s my fifth title and I can’t believe it – Jaime Anderson on 2021 Laax Open win in slopestyle
She landed a cab 900 in a fantastic second run to secure the win.
It’s a huge step towards Olympic qualification with few events expected before Beijing 2022.
“This is super important,” Jamie Anderson said on the host broadcast.
“I am only doing a couple of events [this year] - maybe this and X games. I am so proud of myself riding with all these youngsters."
Zoi Sadowski Synnot of New Zealand came in second place with Japan’s Murase Kokomo in third. Austria’s big air Olympic champion Anna Gasser came fifth.
Sweden’s Nik Mattsson won the men’s with three-time X-Games champion Marcus Kleveland in third.
Germany’s Leon Vockensperger managed to place second.
“It was so much fun to ride this course… I really enjoyed. The other guys killed it [too],” Vockensperger said.
The men’s competition was missing some of the most recognisable names in the sport.
Canadians Mark McMorris, Max Parrot, Sebastien Toutant, Liam Brearley and Cameron Spalding were listed as ‘did not start’ after, according to Canadian Press, ‘two members of its delegation tested positive for COVID-19’.
Laurie Blouin, Brooke Voigt, Jasmine Baird, and Sommer Gendron from Canada were missing from the women’s competition.
Seven athletes traced to Mack and Farrell couldn't travel to Laax due to a mandatory quarantine in Austria where the team was based - including reigning Laax Open women’s slopestyle champion Julia Marino.
The Laax Open continues on Saturday (23 January) with Olympic champion half-pipe rider Chloe Kim is expected to compete.