Apple has announced that Apple Watch Series 3 users can now rack their snowboarding and skiing activity using their wearable starting from today. A number of watchOS apps have received an update today that allows them to track a skiing or snowboarding session.
In its press release, Apple mentions that apps like Ski Tracks, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, and Snocru can be used to track special skiing and snowboarding metrics like number of runs, total vertical descent and horizontal distance, average and maximum speeds, and more. This is all made possible with the built-in GPS and altimeter on the Apple Watch Series 3 along with new custom workout APIs introduced by Apple as a part of watchOS 4.2.
“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.”
All the mentioned apps can also auto-pause and resume activities, and the total calories burnt will count towards your activity ring. You will also be able to use Siri to start Slopes or snoww to track your runs.
If you are using an Apple Watch Series 3, ensure that it is running watchOS 4.2 or higher so that it can record your snowboarding or skiing session.