Apple is giving third-party apps on its smartwatch new access to winter sport tracking today. Several third-party ski and snowboard tracking Apple Watch apps are releasing updates on the App Store that integrate with the Watch’s fitness tracking features for winter sports enthusiasts.
The support for the new features originally rolled out with the watchOS 4.2 update released in December, which added custom workout APIs focused on tracking winter sports activities, but it seems that Apple is only now letting developers roll out software updates that use them.
Apps that have been updated with the new features include snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks. Using the new APIs and the Watch 3’s built-in GPS and altimeter, they now offer the ability to track vertical descent, horizontal distance, number of runs, average and maximum speeds, and calories burned.
Users will also be able to send active calorie measurements to the Activity app and get credit toward filling their rings like with any other workout. Some apps, like Slopes and snoww, also offer Siri integration, allowing users to start tracking with voice controls.