Winter Sports: Kiwi star Zoi Sadowski-Synnott captures first LAAX Open Slopestyle World Cup in Switzerland

Kiwi snowboard star Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has achieved a longtime ambition, taking out the LAAX Open Slopestyle World Cup in Switzerland for the first time.

After heavy snow and low visibility forced a 24-hour postponement to the competition, fresh snow slowed riders, who had to modify their choice of tricks for their two attempts.

The Beijing Olympic champion managed a solid opening run of 81.30, but made a couple of small mistakes on her second to leave an anxious wait at the bottom for her rivals to complete their attempts.

Brit Mia Brookes and Austrian legend Anna Gasser filled the other podium spots, as the Kiwi's opening run held as the day's best score.

"Sitting down here was nervewracking, as Mia's run was so good and even watching Anna go down, it could have gone either way," said Sadowski-Synnott. "I am so glad I put down that first run.

"I am so stoked. I have been dreaming of winning the LAAX Open since I started competing.

"The weather has been pretty nuts, practice was pretty crazy, so to have the sun come out for finals is super sick."

Sadowski-Synnott will now move on to the Aspen X Games next weekend, when she will defend her slopestyle and Big Air titles.