Tracking skiing

tl01

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If you were tracking your skiing as a workout...would you pause each time you are on the chair lift? Do you use a particular app for tracking skiing?
 

hughm123

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The good apps will distinguish when you're going up (chair lift) versus going down so there's no need to pause.

Some resorts (e.g. owned by Vail) have their own app, for example "Epic Mix" tracks which lifts you go up to give you daily reports. Or you can use a standalone app. There are a few of these: personally I use "Ski Tracks" which is pretty good, but there are others.

The reports from "Ski Tracks" are mooch more detailed than Epic Mix including things like speed profiles which the resort app may not have. But the resort app may be better in terms on knowing exactly which lift(s) you used.
 

ftaok

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Download the slopes app - it does everything automatically and is virtually seamless.
I used the Slopes app last week. It worked very well, except it killed the battery life on my AW. The iPhone's battery was barely drained.

The AW (series 2) had the HR sensor on the whole time. Not sure which GPS the app used, but if it was the AW's GPS, that would explain a lot.

I carried an external battery with me and a lightning cable. I was thinking that I'd have to recharge the phone during lunch. Next time, I'll bring the AW charging puck as well. I quick charge for the AW at lunch would have gotten me through the day, easily.
 
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magicschoolbus

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I used the Slopes app last week. It worked very well, expect it killed the battery life on my AW. The iPhone's battery was barely drained.

The AW (series 2) had the HR sensor on the whole time. Not sure which GPS the app used, but if it was the AW's GPS, that would explain a lot.

I carried an external battery with me and a lightning cable. I was thinking that I'd have to recharge the phone during lunch. Next time, I'll bring the AW charging puck as well. I quick charge for the AW at lunch would have gotten me through the day, easily.
I do not have my HR sensor set to on when tracking my runs. I let the watch just operate normally to track calories and the watch to track runs and speed. Works perfectly.. Id reccomend turning the HR sensor off.
 

ftaok

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I do not have my HR sensor set to on when tracking my runs. I let the watch just operate normally to track calories and the watch to track runs and speed. Works perfectly.. Id reccomend turning the HR sensor off.
No can do on that. I want to be able to close my rings.

Edit - I just reread you post. I guess that would be easier to just turn off the HR and still be able to close my rings
 

magicschoolbus

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No can do on that. I want to be able to close my rings.

Edit - I just reread you post. I guess that would be easier to just turn off the HR and still be able to close my rings
I still close my rings - it still picks up on calories (i think) - just not within the app.
 

tl01

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No can do on that. I want to be able to close my rings.

Edit - I just reread you post. I guess that would be easier to just turn off the HR and still be able to close my rings
I want to close my rings. I have a series 4 so I wonder how it would handle 6 hours in the slopes.
[doublepost=1546912155][/doublepost]Thanks all for the info! I will look into these apps for my next trip:).
 

ftaok

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I want to close my rings. I have a series 4 so I wonder how it would handle 6 hours in the slopes.
[doublepost=1546912155][/doublepost]Thanks all for the info! I will look into these apps for my next trip:).
The website for Slopes says something about battery efficiency tricks for S3 and S4 Apple Watches. Didn't work for me as I have a S2, but your S4 might be OK.

EDIT - I can't find the details about battery savings on the S3/S4 on the website. Maybe I was imagining things.
 
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ftaok

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Update

Went skiing yesterday. 10AM to 4PM with an hour for lunch. Total of 5 hours of skiing.

Used Slopes on my AW (Nike S2 - 42mm) with my Xs in my jacket pocket.

The AW went from about 98% down to 75% in the runs before lunch (1hr, 22mins). I charged my AW during lunch so the battery went from 75% to 83%.

My afternoon runs (3hr, 15min) took the AW from 83% to about 50%.

The actual time was 4hr, 37 min. Used up about 56% of my battery.

iPhone's battery hardly moved. Wasn't worth noting.

Moral of the story is that even with the HRM running, I really didn't need to charge the battery at lunch. Would have had plenty of battery left before bedtime. I'm not really sure what was different between yesterday and last month.
 

tl01

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Update

Went skiing yesterday. 10AM to 4PM with an hour for lunch. Total of 5 hours of skiing.

Used Slopes on my AW (Nike S2 - 42mm) with my Xs in my jacket pocket.

The AW went from about 98% down to 75% in the runs before lunch (1hr, 22mins). I charged my AW during lunch so the battery went from 75% to 83%.

My afternoon runs (3hr, 15min) took the AW from 83% to about 50%.

The actual time was 4hr, 37 min. Used up about 56% of my battery.

iPhone's battery hardly moved. Wasn't worth noting.

Moral of the story is that even with the HRM running, I really didn't need to charge the battery at lunch. Would have had plenty of battery left before bedtime. I'm not really sure what was different between yesterday and last month.
Thanks for the update!:)
 

parseckadet

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+1 for Slopes. Used it last season with my series 0 and it worked great. I did turn off the heart rate monitor, but it still tracked calories. The one thing to keep in mind is that it's not going to save your workout until you're done for the day. So I went from not completing my rings to getting my 400% award in a couple minutes on the drive home.
 
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I use the Slopes app. Completely free and really a fantastic interface and great tracking metrics too. One of the best Apple Watch apps I’ve used so far.
 
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