As the lifestyle tracker of popular choice, it was only a matter of time until the tech got put to good use on the slopes. Whether you prefer to ski or snowboard your way down the mountain, you can now track your movement better than ever before – adding snowy workouts towards your daily activity goals.
Apple is working with top developers to take advantage of the Watch’s built in GPS and altimeter to enable the tracking of specialized metrics, including total vertical descent and horizontal distance, number of runs, average and maximum speeds, total time on the slopes and calories burned. Better yet, the updated apps available through watchOS 4.2 can help with tracking down friends and let you know which lift lines to avoid and which runs you should be hitting.
We were lucky enough to test out the Apple Watch Series 3 – burning over 700 calories in the process from just a half day of skiing! Collecting over 250 user days of testing and 1,000 runs from beginner to expert level, we’ve found our three favorite apps to help optimize your time on the slopes.
Track your edge and relive your best days with Slopes. Whether you’re at a local resort or deep in the Alps, Slopes gives you all the bragging rights you need to back up those stories about days spent carving fresh powder.
Track metrics including speed, vertical, distance, lift vs trail times and more, all while going easy on your phone’s battery! The app has been rewritten from the ground up to take advantage of the latest Apple Watch hardware and software updates, and according to the developers, addresses many of the top requests from Watch users.
The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows app leverages new Apple Watch Series 3 capabilities to give guests the added convenience of having an enhanced snowsports workout right on their wrist, including the specific trails and lifts they ski, as well as calories burned. According to the Squaw team, the app developed by Wearlynx is “designed to make skiing and riding even more fun, social and rewarding”. Have to say we agree!
This award-winning ski and snowboarding app keeps you and your friends connected wherever you are in the mountains. SNOCRU 3.0 brings advanced tracking technology with improved performance and accuracy, along with new features that connect you with your “cru” in real-time entirely from your watch. We’ll après cheers to that!