The Australian Institute of Sport athlete established himself as the man to beat by topping the qualifying results sheet, 0.65 seconds faster than the next best.
Pullin’s qualifying form continued in the opening round of the finals, winning his heat and progressing through to the quarter finals.
But there his run ended, the Australian caught a rut in turn two in his quarter final, forcing him off line and costing him valuable momentum.
He crossed the line in fourth, but failed to qualify for the next round.
The event was won by Andrey Boldykov, who secured Russia’s first World Cup snowboard cross victory, followed by American Nate Holland and Frenchman Pierre Vaultier.
AIS snowboard program head coach Ben Wordsworth said that Pullin is now focusing on a strong result in the second event in Veysonnaz, which will take place on January 22.