The 22-year-old from Perisher won through to the consolation final of the season’s finals with a performance that was clearly the best of his developing career.
Along with the confidence boosting 10th place, Bolton picked up 260 World Cup points, which lifts his end of season ranking to 32 in the world, up four spots from where he was listed before Sierra Nevada.
The event was won by Frenchman Pierre Vaultier, who recorded his 15th World Cup victory, followed by Austria’s former World Champion Markus Schairer and Italy’s Omar Visintin.
The day started in fine style for Bolton who was first across the line in the round of 32.
In a quarter final, Bolton ‘s momentum continued with a third place, which put him into the semis.
Unfortunately Bolton was unable to finish the semi in the one of the first three places that would have seen him advance to the medal round.
However, in the consolation final Bolton fought hard to finish in a strong fourth place to end a day which will in no doubt move him closer to qualify for nomination to represent Australia at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Fellow NSWIS rider Andy Fischer ended the season in 40th place, after a DNF in the round of 32.