Heads up, skiers and snowboarders: Apple just announced that you can now use its latest smartwatch to track your action on the slopes.
Developers of apps like snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks have rolled out updates that leverage the built-in GPS and altimeter in the Apple Watch Series 3 and custom workout APIs released in watchOS 4.2 to let users track skiing and snowboarding metrics, Apple said. Those metrics include vertical descent, horizontal distance, number of runs, average and maximum speeds, total time spent on the slopes, and calories burned.
Plus, you'll be able to contribute active calorie measurements from your time on the mountain to the Apple Watch Activity app and get credit towards your Activity rings, Apple said.
The updated Slopes app lets you track your speed, vertical distance, lift vs. trail time, and more, Apple said. The Snocru and Ski Tracks apps offer similar functionality; plus, Snocru now lets you track your runs entirely from your Apple Watch while Ski Tracks supports 17 different snow workouts—everything from downhill skiing to snowshoeing.
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Snoww, meanwhile, is a social ski tracking app that lets you find your friends on the slopes, compare your stats with theirs, and possibly nab a spot on a mountain's leaderboard. Squaw Alpine is a resort-specific app that lists all the trails and chairlifts you rode.
The updated apps are available in the App Store now; they require watchOS 4.2 or later.
"Having the ability to track the details of runs with Apple Watch is an incredible asset for everyone from training athletes to skiers and riders just looking to have fun and stay active," Olympic Moguls Gold Medalist and Squaw Alpine Ambassador Jonny Moseley said in a statement. "The Squaw Alpine app for Apple Watch helps me when I'm out with my family to not only track exactly where my kids are on the mountain, but also compare our performance, so I can make sure I'm keeping up with my sons and add some fun competition to our day."
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