James Woods was crowned as ski slopestyle world champion ©Getty Images

James Woods won a rare world title on snow for Great Britain as he captured ski slopestyle gold in Utah.

The 27-year-old had previously claimed silver and bronze at the International Ski Federation's Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships, in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

He topped the pile today in Park City, coming out on top in tricky conditions where heavy snowfall and swirling winds made life difficult and caused the cancellation of the women's event.

Woods, a big air gold medallist at the Winter X Games in 2017, produced his winning score of 86.68 with the second out of his three runs in the final.

He pulled off a switch 270-backside 270, a 180-switch right 450 "disaster", a switch 180 on-360 off, a switch right 900 mute, a left dub 1080 "safety to Japan" and a right dub 1260 tail.

"It feels good," said Woods. 

"Obviously, I couldn't be more proud.

"I've put a lot of effort in over the years as everybody has. 

"And the crowd was bumping. 

"It was nice that so many people came out because it's cold. 

Maxim Burov starred to win the men's aerials title ©Getty Images
Maxim Burov starred to win the men's aerials title ©Getty Images

"It's been dumping so there's plenty of skiing opportunities so it's good that everybody came out. 

"I appreciate that a lot."

Birk Ruud of Norway scored 85.40 with his first run for silver as two-time Olympic medallist Nicholas Goepper grabbed home bronze for the United States, laying down 85.18 with his final attempt.

The women's event will not be rearranged with organisers claiming it is "impossible" to reschedule the competition.

It follows the cancellation of the men's and women's big air snowboard competitions to leave the disciplines with no world champions from Utah.

The men's and women's skiing aerials finals did go ahead in Deer Valley with Russia's Maxim Burov and Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya of Belarus becoming the respective men's and women's winners.

Twenty-year-old Burov became the youngest-ever men's world champion after winning the six-man final with a score of 130.09.

He landed a back full, double full, full to top the pile.

"This is the first time, I don’t know how to explain it," the Russian, who also won the only World Cup leg held so far this season in Lake Placid, said.

Reigning Olympic champion Oleksandr Abramenko of Ukraine had to settle for silver on 126.24 with Switzerland's Noé Roth taking bronze on 125.22.

Ramanouskayawith continued a fine aerials tradition for Belarus with her back lay, full, full earning a score of 113.18.

"I don't feel like this is real," she said. 

"I feel like I'm dreaming.

"I still don't understand that I'm the winner of the competition. 

"Before the final jump I wasn't thinking about podium places or anything, I was just thinking that I had to do my jump and do it like I do it in the training. 

Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya won the women's aerials crown for Belarus ©Getty Images
Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya won the women's aerials crown for Belarus ©Getty Images

"Every girl who jumped today is such a good athlete and I'm very happy to compete with them."

Russia's Liubov Nikitina won silver with a score of 89.88 as 2013 world champion Xu Mengtao took bronze for China on 89.88.

Snowboard halfpipe qualification also took place today in Park City.

Home star Chloe Kim, the 18-year-old Olympic champion and five-times Winter X Games winner, topped the women's heats with a score of 90.50 to make it through to the eight-woman final.

Japan's Yūto Totsuka was the best of the men, scoring 86.50 to lead the way into a final featuring 10 riders.

American Shaun White, the winner of three Olympic titles, is not competing.

The team skiing aerials title is the only gold medal being contested tomorrow.