Apple has announced that skiers and snowboarders can use Apple Watch Series 3 to track their activities starting today.
Third-party apps snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks have each been updated to advantage of custom workout APIs released in watchOS 4.2 that enable tracking of specialized metrics:
– Total vertical descent and horizontal distance
– Number of runs
– Average and maximum speeds
– Total time spent
– Calories burned
The apps integrate with the Activity app on Apple Watch Series 3, including credit towards Activity rings, while workout information can also be recorded to the Health app on an iPhone with user permission.
We’re thrilled with the updates Apple Watch Series 3 and watchOS 4.2 allow us to make” said Eddy Healey, developer of snoww. “We designed snoww thinking about quick interactions and glances while out on the mountain, so these updates have helped us make it easy to record accurate, relevant metrics as well as create a fun and social experience for our users.
The updated apps are now available on the App Store and require watchOS 4.2 or later. The ski and snowboard tracking is limited to Apple Watch Series 3 models, which are the only with a built-in altimeter.
TechCrunch’s Katie Roof has shared a closer look at some of the updated apps.
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