The British freestyle skier posted 90.20 in his first run to comfortably reach the 12-man showdown, which takes place on Eurosport from 4.15am GMT.
Woods did stumble and then crash in his second run, but the 26-year-old’s initial effort proved strong enough to qualify as one of seven skiers to score 90+.
Scores of 90+ in qualifying
- Oscar Wester (Sweden) – 95.40
- Andri Ragettli (Switzerland) - 95.00
- Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (Canada) – 94.20
- Oystein Braaten (Norway) - 93.80
- Nick Goepper (USA) - 92.80
- Teal Harle (Canada) - 91.20
- Gus Kenworthy (USA) – 90.80
- James Woods (GB) - 90.20
After a high-scoring qualification round, the 12 finalists will have three runs to showcase their skills in the pursuit for gold.
Meanwhile, Woods’ GB team-mate Tyler Harding failed to make the cut after scoring 20.00 and 21.00 in his two qualifying runs.
The 21-year-old took a tumble in both runs, in what was his first showing in the Winter Olympics.