Coming into the race on a streak of four silvers at major competitions, Maze never let go of first place this time around, starting with bib no. 1 and holding the lead after the first run.
The 0.34s lead from the first run would prove enough for Maze's first gold ever and Slovenia's first at a World Championships in 22 years as she crossed the line with a lead of 0.09s over the surprise of the race, Italy's Federica Brignone.
Third place went to Tessa Worley of France (+0.48), who gained 16 places with a strong second run.
"There are no words to describe it," said Maze in her first reaction, adding that "there was no way I was going to leave without the gold today".