Kai Mahler topped the pile in Milan ©FIS

Former Youth Olympic gold medallist Kai Mahler topped the pile at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Skiing Big Air World Cup at the EXPerience Park in Milan.

The Swiss star, the halfpipe champion at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, was in fine form in the Italian city.

He was awarded 179.80 points for his performance to earn the maximum available haul of 100 World Cup points.

Mahler managed to nail a carved left-side triple 1620 safety and a slick switch double misty 1260 mute to win the day.

His effort saw him beat two Norwegians into silver and bronze, with the second step on the podium going to Oystein Braaten who scored 178.60.

"It feels amazing to win the competition tonight," Mahler said.

"It’s been a while since the last time I’ve stood on the podium so it’s really a great feeling. 

"I’ve learned the triple 16 a month ago and I’m super stoked to be able to pull it down here."

The action took place in the heart of Milan ©FIS
The action took place in the heart of Milan ©FIS

Bronze went to Eirik Sateroy on a tally of 173.40.

In the women's event, 2015 slopestyle world champion Lisa Zimmerman claimed gold.

She managed a switch left-side 720 high safety in her first jump and a left-side 900 high safety in her second run to leave the rest of the field in her wake.

The German tallied 181.20 to beat 16-year-old Swiss skier Mathilde Gremaud into silver.

The teenager was a long way back on 157.20, with bronze going to Emma Dahlstrom of Sweden on 157.00.

"The organisers did a great job preparing the ramp and it was a great competition, I’m super happy to have been a part of it," said Zimmerman.