Feb 28, 2018

Apple Watch Is Now Capable Of Tracking Winter Sports Like Skiing And Snowboarding

In its latest watchOS version for Apple Watch, Apple has added new APIs which now allows to tracking snow sports like skiing and snowboarding. So apps that including snoww,Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks are able to take advantage of the features when the developers updated their apps with the new APIs.

Image Credit SnowBrains
Starting today, skiers and snowboarders can use Apple Watch Series 3 to track their activities via new updates to apps available in the App Store. Watch users can now record runs, see vertical descent and other stats, and contribute active calorie measurements directly to the Apple Watch Activity app.

It's worth to noted here that, however, Apple doesn't expose these snow sports data in its official Activity or Workout apps. The Workout app includes a generic ‘Snow Sports’ label in the Other workouts category, but it doesn’t do anything special other than naming the workout.

Once an app is launched with the new APIs, users should be able to determine the calories burned, number of runs, as well as the average and maximum speeds by using the help of a combination of the altimeter elevation readings, accelerometer and GPS integrated into the latest Apple Watch model.

Moreover, Slopes and snoww also support SiriKit, which means you can start snowboarding and ski workouts with a simple voice command. Currently, the ski and snowboard tracking is limited to Apple Watch Series 3 models, due to is the only ones with a built-in altimeter to track elevation.

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