America's Nicholas Goepper topped men's qualification in Seiseralm ©Getty Images

United States’ Nicholas Goepper topped the men’s International Ski Federation Slopestyle World Cup qualification on the first day of action in Seiseralm.

Goepper featured in the first heat of qualification in the Italian resort, which saw skiers perform two runs.

Having scored 85.20 with his first run, the American improved on his second by achieving a tally of 93.60 points.

It saw the Pyeongchang 2018 silver medallist comfortably emerge as one of eight qualifiers from the heat, with Sweden’s Oliwer Magnusson and Norway’s Christian Nummedal following on 90.00 and 87.40 points respectively.

Switzerland's World Cup leader Andri Ragettli progressed comfortably in fourth place after scoring 86.40 points in his first run down the course.

New Zealand’s Finn Bilous led the second heat, having recovered from a low scoring first run to earn 91.80 points on his second.

American skiers McRae Williams and Quinn Wolferman followed on 88.60 and 87.20 points respectively.

The 16-man final is scheduled to take place on Friday (March 16).

Canada's Yuki Tsubota earned the highest score in women's qualification ©Getty Images
Canada's Yuki Tsubota earned the highest score in women's qualification ©Getty Images

The women’s event will feature on the same day, with eight skiers having booked their places in the competition today.

Canada’s Yuki Tsubota led qualifying today after she managed a total of 86.20 points.

Russia’s Anastasia Tatalina and Chile’s Dominique Ohaco completed the top three on 84.20 and 79.60 points respectively.

Sweden's 15-year-old Jennie-Lee Burmansson, already the winner of the World Cup title, snuck into the final.

Her score of 68.60 points was enough to see her advance as the eighth and final qualifier.

Snowboard slopestyle qualifying is due to begin tomorrow.