Men's slopestyle competition got underway with qualification heats ©FIS

Jesper Tjader produced an impressive first run at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Slopestyle World Cup to end with the highest qualification score at the freestyle skiing event in Stubai.

The Swedish skier was awarded with a score of 92.33 points for his opening run in Austria, placing him at the top of the leaderboard in the first heat.

Tjader was unable to better the effort on his second time down the course, but his existing score proved to be the best of the day as he eased into Sunday's (November 26) final.

The second heat was won by Tjader's countryman Oscar Wester, who achieved a score of 87.66 points.

A total 16 skiers qualified for Sunday's final ©FIS
A total 16 skiers qualified for Sunday's final ©FIS

Canada's Evan McEachran and the United States' Alexander Hall won the remaining heats of the competition.

They achieved scores of 91.33 and 88.66 respectively.

The top four skiers from each of the heats were assured of qualification for the final.

Competition will continue tomorrow with the women's heats taking place.

Both the men’s and women’s finals will take place on Sunday.