Grimus, the son of Mt Buller legend Hans, smashed his previous personal best result of 10th, making it a dream start in the opening World Cup of the season.
AIS ski cross program head coach Matt Lyons said that Grimus’s noticeable improvement this season is a result of working on starts, air technique and a more intense pre-season program in Australia.
“There were glimpses last year of what Anton is capable of,” Lyons said. “He has been working on consistency, his starts, what he needs to do in the air and just hard work in training.
“We are very pleased.”
Lyons was also excited by the result of, Scott Kneller, who was in contention during his quarter final but was knocked off his skis by another athlete while a group of four racers were jostling for position, finishing in 12th.
The three female members of the ski cross squad had a day they would like to forget.
Katya Crema finished in 23rd, Jenny Owens in 24th and Sami Kennedy-Sim in 30th place, all failing to qualify for the head to head final races.
The squad now travels to the Colorado resort of Telluride in the United States for round two on December 13.