Apple is providing third-party applications in its new access to smartwatch to track winter sports today. Several third-party third-party ski and snowboard tracking applications are launching updates in the App Store that integrate with watch fitness tracking features for winter sports enthusiasts.
Support for the new features was originally released with the watchOS 4.2 update released in December, which added customized training APIs focused on tracking winter sports activities, but it seems that Apple only now allows developers to implement software updates that use them.
Applications that have been updated with new features include Snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru and Ski Tracks. With the new APIs and the built-in Watch 3 altimeter and GPS, they now offer the ability to track vertical descent, horizontal distance, number of runs, average and maximum speeds and calories burned.
Users can also send active calorie measurements to the Activity application and get credit to fill their rings as in any other training. Some applications, such as Slopes and snoww, also offer integration with Siri, allowing users to start tracking with voice controls.