Devin Logan led after qualification at the season-opening event ©Getty Images

United States' Olympic silver medallist Devin Logan led women's halfpipe qualification at the Audi quattro Winter Games New Zealand, the first-stop on the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup series, while France's Kevin Rolland won the men's event. 

Logan, a silver medallist at Sochi 2014 in the slopestyle event, scored a blistering 92.20 points on her first run at the Cardrona Alpine Resort, enough to finish comfortable ahead of last season's World Cup winner Ayana Onozuka, with home favourite Janina Kuzma third. 

“Today was awesome," said Logan.

"I only arrived a couple of days ago so I’m definitely still getting my feet under me.

"First run, I had some butterflies but still managed to land some solid runs, so I'm really happy about that."

French star Rolland, the Olympic halfpipe bronze medalist, led the 10 qualifiers on the men's side with his first run score of 92.00.

Compatriot Benoit Valentin came third, with second going to United States' Lyman Currier.

Kevin Rolland. pictured earlier this season, led qualfication on the male side ©AFP/Getty Images
Kevin Rolland. pictured earlier this season, led qualfication on the male side ©AFP/Getty Images

As well as freestyle skiing, action will also take place in snowboarding, Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and curling at the biennial Games, which is set to continue until August 30.

Halfpipe finals are scheduled for Sunday (August 23), before ski slopestyle World Cup action concludes on August 29. 

The first snowboarding medals are set to be won tomorrow in the male and female slopestyle events before halfpipe competition concludes in the New Zealand resort on August 30.

“The big events attract the biggest names and we expect record numbers to watch the finals on the mountain, on TV and online wherever they might be, said Audi quattro Winter Games NZ chief executive Arthur Klap, after predicting how the FIS World Cup competitions would top the bill at the Games.

Cross country events are due to be held at Snow Farm from August 28 to 30 as part of the FIS Australia-New Zealand Cup while slalom and giant slalom Alpine races are scheduled as part of the same series on August 29 and 30.