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Better late than never. Spring may be upon us but Apple Watch Series 3 users will be happy to know they can now use their trusty device to track skiing and snowboarding.
Essential reading: Hit the slopes with this connected tech
In its announcement today, Apple names several third party apps taking advantage of the new features. This includes snoww, Slopes, Snocru, Ski Tracks and Squaw Alpine. Using these apps Watch users can now log vertical descent and horizontal distance; number of runs; average and maximum speeds; total time spent and calories burned directly to the Apple Watch Activity app. And don’t worry, your effort on the slopes will contribute to closing your daily rings.
Its worth pointing out, each of these apps offers different functionality. What is common to them is that they all leverage Apple Watch’s GPS and altimeter, along with the custom workout APIs released in watchOS 4.2. Using Siri, users can start Slopes and snoww to track their runs.
“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,” said Jonny Moseley, Olympic Moguls Gold Medalist and Squaw Alpine Mountain Ambassador.
“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.”
Here in Europe, we’re quickly approaching spring. But there’s still some time to squeeze in that one last ski trip ahead of the warm weather. Skiing in March or April can offer some of the most enjoyable snow conditions of the ski season. And now, it just got slightly easier to track your performance on the slopes.
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