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So many smartwatches out there, but which ones are the best picks for skiers? Start here.

Whether you're ready to get in the best ski-shape of your life, want to have the best activity metrics around for your day on the ski hill, or just want to have a fancy watch that does so much more than tell time, here are our top picks for the best smartwatches for skiers.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch looks pretty in pink.

The Galaxy Watch is an appealing option for Android devotees who want phone interfacing accompanied by a bigger watch face (42 and 46mm) and great battery life. As for ski-friendly features, an altimeter tracks your vertical, and the watch is fully waterproof to 160 feet. Bonus: You can customize your watch face with literally hundreds of options, many of them free.

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch Specs

  • From: $599, samsung.com
  • OS: Tizen Based Wearable OS 4.0
  • Compatibility: Android or iPhone
  • Internal Memory: 4GB
  • Battery life: Up to 6 days

Get it on Amazon: Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus

Garmin Fenix 5x Plus

The Garmin Fenix 5X Plus includes a pulse oximeter for high altitude endeavors (and better sleep metrics).

This member of the Fenix series offers all the skier-oriented features, plus a few new ones. In addition to tracking every mile traversed and vertical foot descended, the 5X Plus adds a pulse oximeter to record blood oxygen levels at altitude. Switch it into Downhill Ski mode, and all your ski metrics are automatically recorded, including the time, distance, vertical, and speed.

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus Smartwatch Specs

  • From $845, garmin.com
  • OS: Tizen Based Wearable OS 4
  • Compatibility: Android or iPhone
  • Internal Memory: 16GB
  • Battery life: Up to 20 days

Available on Amazon: Garmin Fenix 5X Smartwatch

FitBit Versa

FitBit Versa

The FitBit Versa is so much more than that little plastic FitBit from 2016.

Fitbit’s top-of-the-line smartwatch is equipped with everything you need to measure your stats on the slopes including an altimeter, barometer, GPS, SpO2 pulse-ox sensor, and an activity app that tracks 15 pastimes. It also has ample battery life and a great entry-level price point for those not wanting to pony up big bucks for a Garmin, Suunto, or Samsung. A solid choice for skiers wanting to test the smartwatch waters.

FitBit Versa Smartwatch Specs

  • From $200, fitbit.com
  • OS: FitBit OS
  • Compatibility: Android, iPhone, Windows
  • Internal Memory: 4GB
  • Battery life: Four-plus days

Get it on Amazon: FitBit Versa 

Suunto 9 Baro Black

Sunnto 9 Baro Black

The Suunto 9 Baro lets you know just how long the battery will last before starting any activity.

Seeing your smartwatch die before lunch can ruin a ski day. That’s why the 9’s intelligent battery provides an estimate on how long the watch will last in sport mode before you begin, and can prolong battery use for especially long events—up to 120 hours fully charged. Add in a heart-rate monitor, barometer, and location tracking system that combines GPS and motion sensors, and the 9 is a perfect companion for the slopes and beyond.

Suunto 9 Baro Black Specs

  • From $599, suunto.com
  • OS: Suunto App or Movescount
  • Compatibility: Android or iPhone
  • Battery life: Up to 120 hours

Available on Amazon: Suunto 9 Baro 

Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3

The Apple Watch 3 with upgradable wrist strap.

The Apple Watch’s sleek look and touchscreen interface make for an ideal ski companion. Third-party apps, such as snoww and Slopes, utilize the altimeter to record ski stats in real-time, and the built-in GPS allows skiers to track location and find friends on the mountain. The Series 4 [from $399] adds a larger display (40 and 44mm) and ECG compatibility to track heart rhythm.

Read more: Apple Watch Rolls Out New Apps for Skiers

Get it on Amazon: Apple Watch Series 3

Apple Watch Series 3 Specs 

  • From $279, apple.com
  • OS: WatchOS 5
  • Compatibility: iPhone
  • Internal Memory: from 8GB
  • Battery life: Up to 18 hours



Time to Upgrade

One tenth of skiers buy new equipment every year, according to SnowSports Industries America. The remaining 90 percent replace their gear about as often as the Mets win the pennant. So there’s a good chance that your favorite skis have been discontinued, renamed, or reinvented. But what if you want to buy new boards that perform like your old faithfuls? Here are five classic skis from seasons past, paired with their improved heirs.