France’s Perrine Laffont will hope to pick up from where she left off as the moguls make their International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle World Cup return in Deer Valley in the United States.
The reigning Olympic moguls champion started the season in style with wins in Ruka in Finland and Idre in Sweden where she also won the dual moguls contest.
Since those victories in December, Laffont has been forced to bide her time as she prepares for her first moguls World Cup contest in almost two months.
Deer Valley is set to stage men’s and women’s moguls competitions tomorrow and the second dual mogul events of the season on February 5.
Laffont goes in as heavy favourite as she leads the World Cup standings on 300 points, comfortably ahead of American Jaelin Kauf on 205 and Japan’s Anri Kawamura on 172.
The men’s competition is harder to predict having had a different winner of each race this season.
Japan’s Ikuma Horishima won in Ruka before Frenchman Benjamin Cavet triumphed in Idre where Sweden’s Ludvig Fjällström and Australian Matt Graham were also tied in gold medal position in the dual moguls.
Horishima is the World Cup leader on 140 but is closely followed by Cavet on 120 and Australia’s Brodie Summers on 118.
Deer Valley is also scheduled to host the sixth leg of the FIS Aerials World Cup on February 6 with men’s and women’s competitions.
Russian Maxim Burov will hope to continue his dominance in the event having won all five contests this season, with his latest coming in Belarusian capital Minsk last weekend.
Burov tops the World Cup standings on 500 ahead of fellow countrymen Pavel Krotov and Stanislav Nikitin who sit on 232 and 214 respectively.
Australian Laura Peel and American duo Megan Nick and Winter Vinecki have been the leading female athletes in the aerials this season.
Peel is on track to defend her World Cup title after winning the opening two stages but she finished behind Vinecki and Nick in the past two contests.
She leads the standings on 370 with Vinecki in second on 263 and Nick, who has two wins to her name, in third on 238.