Competing in the 22 foot walls of the Vail Superpipe, the VIS athlete was again up against the past three Olympic Gold Medal winners in Shaun White of the USA and Iouri Podlatchikov of Switzerland.
After emerging victorious over Shaun White two weeks ago at the Olympic Test Event World Cup in Pyeongchang, Korea, this time White had the edge with his best score of 92.74 finishing ahead of James in second place with a score of 82.87.
Also competing for Australia but unable to advance to the final were NSWIS athlete Holly Crawford (10th), Emily Arthur (16th), Nathan Johnstone (20th) and Kent Callister (24th).
All athletes will now head to Spain for the World Championships in La Molina. Halfpipe qualifiers are schedule for March 10 with the final on March 11.
Men’s Halfpipe Finals Results
1. Shaun White (USA), 92.74
2. Scotty James (AUS), 82.87
3. Chase Josey (USA), 79.87
Women’s Halfpipe Finals Results
1. Chloe Kim (USA), 87.12
2. Elena Hight (USA), 80.12
3. Maddie Mastro (USA), 78.25
PHOTO: Scotty James going massive in the Vail Halfpipe © Jeff Brockmeyer