v2022.10 - 2022-05-28
- Winter is here in the Southern Hemisphere, and we've been busy prepping. We've added digital trail maps for all resorts in Australia and New Zealand including Perisher, Craigieburn Valley, and more.
- Fixed an issue with Smart Reminders where it might not prioritize the right lifts as ones worth reminding to record at (since we are limited to ~10 lifts by the system, we have to pick the most popular lifts people start at).
- There's been a troublesome Watch bug causing a crash when you pause sometimes that I've been trying to track down all season. This update might fix it.
- Some subtle UI animation tweaks to things that kept me up at night.
v2022.9 - 2022-04-16
- Fixed leaderboard layout when you have only a few friends and you're using dynamic type.
- Fixed a case where Slopes might try to access your location in the background incorrectly when doing a background fetch for updated resort data.
v2022.8 - 2022-03-13
No more "text me when you get here!"
- When you're recording with Find Me turned on, can now get a notification when a friend also starts recording with Find Me on at the same resort.
- Similarly, if you enable that, you'll also get a notification when you start recording if friends are already recording there.
- Your device will now more quickly update to show new friends that are recording with Find Me enabled.
- When you're recording via Watch, but checking things out on your phone, if the phone can't get updated data from online (poor cell reception) it'll now pull friend location data from the Watch in the mean time as that has a good chance of being pretty up-to-date.
- Fixed a case where starting recording via Smart Reminders could cause Slopes to ignore your preferred ski vs snowboard preference.
- Fixed a case where if Slopes crashed and you tried to start or resume via a Smart Reminder that the UI might get stuck in a weird state.
v2022.7 - 2022-02-16
- Slopes on iOS should now more reliably keep recording in the background if you do something like take a video or go live on IG.
- Fixed a case where editing lifts / runs would cause the timeline screen to highlight the wrong run on the map as you scrolled.
- Fixed a case where you'd mark a recording as in the backcountry / off-piste but it would get swapped to "Unlisted resort."
- Fixed the issue where the Watch app would show "KP/H" while iOS would correctly show "KM/H."
- Also fixed the share cards incorrectly showing "KP/H" when in metric.
We've also added enhanced trail maps for another 7 resorts. Including: Arapahoe Basin, Solitude, Heavenly, Seven Springs. We should be up to 50 total resorts sometime next week!
v2022.6 - 2022-02-03
- Stopped the logbook screen from trying to refresh when you're recording. In rare cases this could cause Slopes to get killed in the background for trying to do too much.
- Fixed a case where your unit type (imperial / metric) wasn't syncing to Apple Watch after changing it on iPhone. You can also toggle the units type on the Watch settings screen now.
- Fixed a crash on Watch that could happen when you hit the pause button. Rare race condition in trying to update the heart rate graph twice at the same time.
- Fixed a case where new users weren't being prompted on their iPhone to pick if they skied or snowboarded after recording, and it was just defaulting to skiing. (BTW you can hit the edit button to change your activity type).
- Fixed the season summary showing your number of recordings, not the number of days, at your most-visited resort.
- I've also been making changes in the last 3 updates to fix a crash on Watch that could happen if you stop for lunch (for 40min+) without pausing. Don't want to promise anything, but I think I got this one. Please let us know if it seems fixed for you after installing this update (make sure Slopes on Apple Watch is up to date).
v2022.5 - 2022-01-31
- A few improvements to Japanese translations for snow conditions.
- Fixed an issue with Sign In with Apple on the Watch sometimes logging people out (you may have to sign in one last time).
v2022.4 - 2022-01-29
- Added an indicator in the Logbook for when saves from the Watch are transferring (I wish it was always instant, but watchOS / iOS decide when to actually send the file I ask them to).
- If you hit the option to force retry sending said files from your Watch, it does a little more behind the scenes now to give it an extra kick.
- Updated community translations (thanks for the help all!) and the official languages (French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Japanese).
- Fixed an issue where if you were skiing with more than 6 friends that the last one would get cut off in the nearby friends list.
- Fixed a sync issue with activities that were manually added (without GPS data) plus you went into the timeline editor and added runs / lifts.
We've also added enhanced trail maps for another 12 resorts since the maps feature launched just over a month ago. Including: Park City, Snowmass, Steamboat, Big Sky, Palisades Tahoe, and more.
v2022.3 - 2022-01-13
- The recording screen now auto-expands when you pause (some didn't know it expanded at all!).
- Added a shortcut to enable location sharing on the nearby friends screen if you had it off.
- Continuing to tweak some text here and there to clarify things.
- Added an option on the new recording screen to let you activate a day/week pass of Premium if you have one.
- Added some badges during the Slopes Premium free trial to make it clear what features are Premium vs ones you get for free all the time. They'll go away after the trial is over if you subscribe.
- If you upgrade to Slopes Premium mid-recording with location sharing on, friend locations reappear instantly instead of waiting for the next set of updates.
- Fixed a crash that could happen after deleting an activity when you had multiple recordings in a day.
- Fixed a layout issue on iPhone 8 where live run-by-run breakdowns would get squished.
v2022.2 - 2022-01-08
- The buttons on the new recording screen used the same icons for pause/resume/stop as the Slopes Watch app has forever (which got its icons from the built in Workout app on the Watch), but turns out people that don't have a Watch aren't as familiar with those icons. Ha, fair enough. Added button text and tweaked the icons to make it more clear what everything does.
- Added a link to some common troubleshooting tips on the Nearby Friends screen for if someone isn't showing up.
- Trying to share a link to your live location if you had Find Me turned off will now make sure your location gets to the Slopes servers first before generating the link. This should help with some unexpected "beacon expired" links that would have fixed themselves in a few seconds anyway.
- If you accept a friend request while recording, and have Find Me turned on, the new friend will now appear a bit quicker in the UI.
- Improved the text for the final onboarding step to clarify that it is completed when you import data or record your first day.
- Improved the visibility of various spots in the UI where you could add or manage friends.
- You can now remove the weight you entered for iPhone-based calorie estimates.
- Fixed a case where the leaderboards and rode with stats might not refresh when they should.
- Fixed a case where a resume Smart Reminder could trigger after you had already finished recording.
v2022.1 - 2022-01-03
Getting a head start on what whole "new year new you" stuff with some good old bug fixes and performance improvements (that's the app equivalent of hitting the gym).
- Improved messaging in-app about location sharing requiring internet (will now display a warning if it can't connect). FYI: GPS is a one-way thing and I can't send data back up via that signal. So if you don't have a cellular Watch and you leave your phone behind, or if you turn on Airplane mode or turn off cellular data on your iPhone, location sharing will not work for you and your friends won't be able to see you either.
- When you come to a full stop, Slopes will now be more likely to update your location with friends (within ~15s).
- Also added some messaging that location sharing won't work if you pick "unlisted resort."
- Fixed an issue where calorie estimates (when using Slopes on iPhone without Apple Watch) wouldn't show.
- Fixed an issue for Apple Watch cellular models, and users using some VPNs on iPhone, where Slopes might think the internet is offline.
- Fixed a case where tapping the resume notification from Smart Reminders wouldn't resume.
- Fixed a case where the Go button wouldn't do anything when tapped.
- Fixed a crash on iOS 14 when migrating from the old reminders system to smart reminders.
v2021.17 - 2021-12-21
Slopes: The Next Generation. Four major new features:
- Never lose your friends on the mountain again! Slopes supports location sharing.
- Privacy-focused: only people you've friended in Slopes that are skiing at the same resort on the same day can see where you are (works in the backcountry too, within a 2 mile radius). So friends can't spy on you unless they are physically there at the same resort.
- Opt-in: your location is does not touch the Slopes servers unless you enable this feature.
- You can also send a private link to a live web-based view of your location to anyone who isn't skiing with you that day. Great for loved ones staying in the condo whose quads demand a rest day.
- Hope it goes without saying, but this does rely on the internet to work so poor reception can lead to outdated location data for you and your friends.
- Location sharing is free for all users with a Slopes account.
- As a result, the Watch app now supports signing in to your Slopes account. Swipe to the left before you record to sign in so you can use location sharing on your Watch.
- Upgraded digital winter maps.
- We've been working hard over the summer on big project: Slopes is mapping ski resorts.
- This means Slopes will now overlay trail info on the winter maps that Slopes Premium users get. Run names, difficulty, and more are now all shown on these maps.
- Slopes is launching with ~20 resorts supported, and we're continuing to add new ones every week (in order of popularity within Slopes). You can see if a resort supports the new digital maps on the resort details screen. (RIP our inbox asking "when will you support resort X?" (sorry, we won't have a good answer :P))
- Totally redesigned recording experience on iPhone.
- The new maps + location sharing come together for a new recording screen focused on maps.
- Quick access to the resort's official trail maps, and ski patrol number, are now right there on the recording screen.
- If you have Slopes Premium, the recording screen will use those new upgraded digital maps. See where you are, all the trails, and what trail your friends are on.
- Premium users will also see the route of your GPS track for the day on the new maps; great for trying to check off every run in a day.
- Free users still see friend locations and everything, don't worry! It'll just use Apple Maps instead of the premium winter maps.
- Watch + iPhone: better together.
- Do you record with your Watch, but wish you could see your stats on your phone on the lift? I do! Well, Slopes will now sync Watch recording data back to your phone throughout the day.
- This means you get all the benefits of the new iPhone recording screen regardless of which device you record with. Using your Watch you'll still have easy access on your iPhone to trail maps, friend locations, and more.
- New language supported: Simplified Chinese. Thanks @konata and @ztong for all translations you provided!
Quick note on trusting Slopes with live location sharing. Your location gets deleted from the servers shortly after you finish recording. Personally I don't want your live location data and I don't intend to ever look at it (or sell it). That's creepy. With one exception: Slopes does get the occasional call from ski patrol / local authorities requesting help looking for a missing skier. When I might be able to save your life, I will check your last known location to pass it along to them.
That's it for this holiday update! Enjoy the start to your season.
v2021.16 - 2021-11-16
- You can now see which friends have ridden at a resort. Great so you know who to ask for some tips before you head there.
- Better email validation on signup; had some typos (gnail.com) blocking people from getting password resets and the likes.
- A few more language updates for our international friends.
- Hopeful fix for a crash when trying to open a Slopes URL in-app.
v2021.15 - 2021-11-04
- A few UX improvements: the accept friend invite dialog now shows the avatar/name as part of the confirmation. The "account required" flow is a bit nicer now.
- Improved keyboard support for menus and popups on iPad.
- Updated translations for Dutch (thanks minelli1959!).
- Added options under your account to change what kind of emails Slopes can send you.
- Fixed a crash on iOS 14 when viewing the map of your day.
- Fixed icons sometimes not showing on the premium maps on iPad.
v2021.14 - 2021-10-21
- While I as fixing an issue with Slopes's complications not showing on watchOS 8 (sorry!), I ended up spending an extra 2 days down the rabbit hole of completely redesigning and rebuilding it with a more modern style. It has a bit of personality now, showing either a skier or a snowboarder based on what you recorded last. And it'll much better match your watch face if you use custom color tinting.
- Added a little bit of "fanning" for friend avatars on the premium maps, making it easier to see who is where when you have a stack of friends all together.
- Added support for the new Pro Motion playback on the timeline screen on iPhone 13 Pros.
- Added an alert if you try to enable Smart Reminders but you had previously denied Slopes permission to send notifications (usually why you'd toggle them on and then the switch would revert to off right away).
- Fixed the run comparisons not using speed heatmaps.
- Fixed case on iPad where photos displayed on premium maps wouldn't completely clear when switching activities.
v2021.13 - 2021-09-20
- Smart Reminders. Oh boy I've been trying to crack this nut forever. Slopes can now ping you if you drive away and forgot to stop recording, or if you get to a lift and you hadn’t started recording yet (among other things).
- You enable Smart Reminders on the device you record with, either your Watch or your iPhone.
- You can enable these reminders for up to 12 resorts. When you get to one of the resorts you’ve enabled them for, you’ll get a welcome notification. Tap it to launch Slopes really quick to make sure the lift reminders are good to go for your first day there.
- For any resort you don’t add ahead of time, Slopes will enable all these reminders once you start recording there. So basically, you just miss out on the lift-based start recording reminders the first day if you just let Slopes do its thing.
- This new system fixes the annoyance with the old reminder system where you’d get pings to record even when you were already recording.
- All this happens without Slopes needing to run into the background and spy on your location.
- Smart reminders works on all version of iOS, but requires today’s new watchOS to work on Watch.
- Adds support for the always-on display on Apple Watch when using the new version of watchOS.
- Also new for Apple Watch, the graph of vertical / speed / etc for the most recent 5 runs has been replaced with a heart rate graph while you're recording. I’m always curious when I’m hiking up Peak 8 at Breck where my heart rate is at compared to riding a groomer, and I was really annoyed Slopes didn’t show me this. It'll show the last hour of your heart rate, so it is easy to go back and look after you make it to the bottom.
- The stat graphs might be gone, but whichever stat you have as your focus (rotate the Digital Crown) will now show an arrow to indicate which of your most recent run was better/worse vs the previous. Much easier to glance, and really that was the point of the graphs anyway.
- The resort condition and forecast widgets support the new intelligent widget suggestions. This means if you check the conditions at your favorite resort every day at 8am, the Smart Stack widget in the new iOS should start recommending the conditions widget even if you haven’t added it manually yet.
- The conditions widget also supports the new relevance scores, so the system knows a powder day is important and to highlight the widget when in a stack.
- You should see some smaller speed improvements with premium maps on iPad and macOS.
- The usual round of small UI polish and improvements throughout the app.
- Fixed a case where 3d mountains on the daily summary might pop in without trees.
Finally, support for iOS 13 and watchOS 6 has been dropped (remember that if you need to you can go to your purchase history in the App Store to download Slopes on older versions of iOS).
v2021.12 - 2021-07-20
- Fixed the share button on the activity screen.
v2021.11 - 2021-07-18
- Fixed a crash when linking Slopes and Strava accounts.
- Fixed a crash when displaying photos on the timeline map.
v2021.10 - 2021-06-16
- Fixed an issue where some popup sheets would jump to the top of the screen if you triggered a second popup over top of the original.
v2021.9 - 2021-06-16
- Fixed Voice Over support for tagging conditions on the record completion screen.
- Fixed a case where 3D mountains would have the camera pointed backwards looking away from the mountain.
v2021.8 - 2021-04-16
- Improved the Household Pass onboarding, making the process easier to invite people to join your household after purchase.
- Updated the Household Pass to work with Apple's Family Sharing. It still works cross-platform, too.
- Improved how Slopes saves to Apple Health, letting apps like HealthFit more easily separate lift time vs idle time (this will apply to new recordings, not retroactive).
- Fixed an issue with the heat map of your visits during a season not initially rendering on the share card generator.
v2021.7 - 2021-03-23
- Added workout routes to Apple Health saves, so new activities will have their GPS data added to Apple Health. Note: a full day of skiing has 100KB to 300KB worth of GPS data, so a dozen days per season = 2 to 4 photos from your camera. Most of you don't have to worry about a thing, but if you record 50+ days per year that might add up over the years. You can always turn route saving off in Apple's Health app under Slopes's permissions.
- New automatic merging. Slopes has had the option to manually merge two or more recordings from the same day (and it'd do it automatically for Watch recordings). But now, instead of worrying about merging at all, Slopes will just display multiple recordings like this as one in the UI automatically. There's some smarts to it, like it won't group together 2 activities from the same day if they are more than 3 miles apart. This fixes all bugs related to the old merging system since nothing is actually merged anymore!
v2021.6 - 2021-02-18
- Added Russian translation, the second language to be brought to you by other Slopes users (thanks lisachev and petr.kashlikov!)
- Improvements to the UX when using PayPal via iTunes and those countries in Europe with a new two-step checkout process in iTunes. Slopes won't incorrectly report an error when there was actually wasn't one.
- Dug through the customer support emails for this season and made improvements based on common confusions:
- You can now remove friends via the friends tab too (icon in top right brings up option).
- Added a message if you have Slopes Cloud Backup turned off that lets you know you can't participate in the stat comparisons with friends (no data on the server).
- Promoted two FAQs up to the main help screen.
- Tweaked some labels to make some buttons / options clearer.
- Added some other new FAQs and rewrote some existing ones to be clearer / more helpful.
- My help provider, HelpScout, has made some nice improvements to their in-app help system over the year. So now launching into that when you view an FAQ instead of the web interface.
- Fixed an issue on the summary screen where the red / black / gray dots could be way, way, too big.
- Server-side fix, but fixed the case where the "recent change" green arrows on the friends tab would stick around longer than 2 weeks.
- Fixed two missing icons on the compare run screen.
v2021.5 - 2021-02-06
- Fixed crash on Apple Watch related to permissions.
v2021.4 - 2021-02-01
- Quick fix to fix adding/removing friends.
v2021.3 - 2021-01-28
Slopes is partnering with Protect Our Winters to ensure winter sports stay around for future generations. 2% of Slopes's 2020 revenue is being donated, and Slopes will continue to donate 2% of purchases going forward. Look for more collaborations with them in the future, this is just the start.
- Slopes's first crowd-sourced translation is live: Dutch! If you'd like to contribute to other languages, head to Account -> Translate to help out. Thanks danidh, japborst2, martinmetselaar, minelli1959, olaf_steen, and tomver for all the work making Dutch happen.
- Slopes now requires iOS 13. Not a lot of changes you'll see, but a lot of cleanup under the hood for me to pave the way for more new features. (Remember you can download Slopes on an older OS by tapping your profile icon in the App Store and going to Purchases).
- I *think* I fixed the issue that was causing the Watch app to prompt for heart rate permissions more than once.
v2021.2 - 2021-01-06
- Improvements to the UI when running in the inverted colors accessibility mode.
- Fixed day/night forecast backgrounds being swapped in dark mode.
- Fixed 2 other random crashers.
I think I'll be dropping support for iOS 12 soon, so trying to sure things up for the 1% of you still on that.
(Remember: you can always download older versions of apps you've already downloaded if you're on an old OS, via your profile - purchases the App Store)
v2021.1 - 2021-01-01
- More improvements to Watch -> iPhone transfers. Your recordings should appear more reliably, and sooner, now.
- The stats widget should update automatically after a Watch recording is transferred to your phone, even without launching the app.
- If you need to launch Slopes on your iPhone for any reason (migration from a new version, etc) before a Watch transfer can complete, a local push notification will be shown.
- Fixed an issue where sometimes Slopes wouldn't prompt for heart rate access as needed, leading to blank graphs.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when navigating to the summary screen for a recording.
- Fixed a crash on the timeline screen related to the vitals graph.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when trying to open the support chat if you had an email with a weird character.
- Fixed a crash on save that could happen if trying to save a workout to Apple Health that was too long (3 days+).
- Fixed a crash when ending your recording after pausing / resuming a few times, but there was no GPS data.
- Fixed a text cutoff issue on the Friends tab for certain stats when also showing the green arrow.
- Fixed the purple banner text to not show placeholder text.
- Fixed some other, seemingly random to you, background crashes.
Man, I'm really on a "fix all the things" kick. Apparently this is how I wind down for the year ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
v2020.22 - 2020-12-22
- 7-day snowfall forecasts for resorts! The user-reported ground condition info is super helpful to know what to expect when you get there, but knowing when snow is coming helps you plan ahead for when you *should* get there.
- It is the little details that matter: normally a forecast would group together Monday daytime + Monday night to report a snowfall total for Monday. Slopes instead groups Sunday night + Monday daytime to report Monday's total. Why? Because the night before is what really matters for that day when it comes to skiing! (Slopes also shows the day/night totals so you can get a feel for that breakdown)
- There is a new widget to go along with the forecasts, showing the summary of expected snowfall over the next 7 days.
- Fixed a crash related to the auto-rotation improvement for trail maps.
v2020.21 - 2020-12-16
- Added arrows on the conditions graphs to show changes of note, so you don't have to scroll back to the previous conditions to compare graphs.
- You can now rotate the screen when viewing trail maps or photos full-screen.
- Fixed issue where widget wasn't updating after you finish a recording.
- Fixed a crash that could happen when trying to make the new winter 3d maps. Instead, they'll fall back to summer maps.
- Fixed a crash on the upsell screen.
- Fixed a crash on logout.
- Fixed 3 other in-the-background crashes you probably never saw.
I've been on a FIX ALL THE BUGS kick, can 'ya tell?
v2020.20 - 2020-12-04
- The resorts tab will now show distances to nearby resorts.
- Further improvements to app launch time.
- Some improvements to translations.
- Fixed a crash / UI hang related to backgrounding Slopes and then opening it.
- Fixed a crash you probably never saw but could happen in the background.
- Fixed a crash on the reminders screen if you had denied notification permissions.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when saving a recording and the new save screen was trying to pop up.
- Fixed a dark mode bug.
v2020.19 - 2020-11-12
That quick-fix for a few things after a major update:
- UI improvements for when Slopes for iOS is running on Big Sur.
- Fixed a case where you couldn't submit a fix/report for a resort with only a comment.
- Fixed a case where first/last name got swapped on account screen.
- Fixed word-wrap for German on the logbook screen.
- Fixed a few iPad layout issues.
v2020.18 - 2020-11-10
Happy (almost) winter! Slopes is here to kick off your season with some major upgrades...
- New tab: Resorts
- Trail maps (boom!) and other resort information, plus average statistics for Slopes riders (ex: average daily vertical) at that resort.
- Each resort also has a condition report based on user ratings. How does this work? When you save your day with Slopes now you can add what the snow was like (thin cover, packed, groomed, fresh snow, etc) and Slopes will average that with other users for a condition summary. This way what Slopes says is based on real riders, not an overly-optimistic picture a resort might want to paint.
- There is a new Home Screen widget for those resort conditions, too. Pick your favorite resort(s) & pin their conditions to your home screen.
- Ski patrol information is listed with a quick-access button on these resort screens. But please before relying on it every season double-check at the resort that what Slopes has listed is the up-to-date ski patrol contact info. I got hundreds of phone numbers directly from resort web sites myself by hand, but it isn't like resorts are going to update me if they change phone numbers.
- If you notice any out of date information, or if your local hill doesn't have any info yet (I grabbed logos / maps for ~1,800 resorts world-wide, and trail / contact info for ~800 (busy summer)) you can report the corrected data using the Fix It button at the bottom of the resort's screen.
- Localization! Slopes is now available in German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese. Wanna help Slopes by adding new languages or translating missing strings? There's a new link under the Account tab to help out.
- When you save your day there is a new dedicated save screen. That screen is not only simpler than the old one (which you can still get to via the Edit button), but also celebrates major milestones in your ski journey such as crossing 500,000ft vertical.
- Winter satellite maps for 3D. You don't know how hard I've searched for good world-wide snow-covered high resolution maps. Until I find that holy grail, the next best thing is to 'shop it! Slopes will automatically use a bunch of filters on its satellite maps to make them look like winter maps. Not perfect IMO, but better than summer green.
- 3D maps on the share cards and summary screens render a lot faster. On the timeline screen they'll pop in faster with low-res details as the full resolution map is grabbed.
- The friends tab now shows the current season at the top.
- Also on the friends tab, instead of the old "past month" filter you'll see green arrows to indicate recent movement on each leaderboard.
- On the timeline screen backcountry recordings show the compass. Debating if I should always do this? Let me know in the comments below .... errr via email.
- Improved track smoothing in 3D renders, so your runs won't have those weird steps/blockyness if you zoom in and look at them close. Yay math.
v2020.17 - 2020-10-06
- Fix for database migration issue that was causing activities to temporarily disappear for some people after running the iOS 14 update. If they didn't automatically re-appear after a minute, force quit Slopes and launch it again.
- Byproduct of that bug some activities got duplicated. A server-side fix is in place to prevent that from continuing, and data has been automatically corrected on the server for you. Just re-launch and the sync engine will fix everything for you.
- Fix for crash on season / lifetime screens when lift vs run time wasn't adding up right vs total time.
- Fix for the system URL for managing your subscription changing and the old one apparently just breaking.
v2020.16 - 2020-09-18
- Quick fix for a crash on launch.
v2020.15 - 2020-09-17
New goodies for iOS 14!
- A Slopes home screen widget. Add Slopes to your home screen to gaze at your lifetime and seasonal stats while waiting for the snow to roll in. Pick the medium-sized widget to see where you’ve been, too.
- An awesome new fitness section on the daily summary screen, including heart rate analytics for Slopes Premium users. See how hard you really pushed yourself at a glance with new fitness insights, available when you record with Apple Watch.
- Improved heart rate graph. The timeline screen’s heart rate graph now shows the recorded heart rate as you scroll through your day.
- Improved Sign in with Apple workflow for existing password-based accounts looking to add that option. Slopes also supports a new strong password generation workflow from iCloud Keychain.
- Added support for changes related to photos and locations for the new OS.
- Snappier Siri experience on the phone.
- Support for the new system date and time picker.
- Improved initial loading speed of some key screens.
- Fixed stuttering / flickering on initial load when you have lots of recordings and photo integration was on.
- Fixed emoji not being allowed in the notes field. (As an emoji connoisseur myself, I deeply apologize for this bug).
- Fixed a rare case where runs might not show on premium maps.
- Removed Google Maps to save some space.
Ohhhhhh boy, do I have some fun things in store to kick off the season. Stay tuned!
v2020.14 - 2020-05-06
You've all probably felt it: your ski season ended way earlier than it should have and now you've been stuck inside for weeks. You probably went a little stir-crazy and as a result cleaned the kitchen & bathrooms way better than you have in a long time.
Well this update is like that, except for an app. This version brings a major UI spring cleaning: quite a bit of redesign and reorganization to bringing clarity and consistency throughout Slopes.
- Every screen has been updated to more closely match Apple's own design of health and fitness apps.
- This refreshed look sprouted from a rework of the daily summary screen, which now better groups data together making it all much easier to understand.
- The summary screen now shows a 2D map for free users instead of the Slopes Premium 3D tease.
- That dedicated 3D playback screen you could trigger from the summary screen is gone, replaced by improvements to the timeline screen:
- 3D mode now supports most of the features that the 2D mode has, such as displaying friends' avatars.
- Added a camera toggle: stay zoomed out (camera stays where you place it, how the timeline screen always worked), or zoom in and Slopes will move the camera to fill the screen with the current run/lift you're looking at as you move between them (how the old 3D playback screen worked). These zoom options work in both 2D and 3D modes.
- AR mode is now triggered from the timeline screen.
- Season and Trip summary screens have also been reorganized, and now always include maps of where you went.
- The More tab is gone, and the important items from there like settings have been consolidated into the Account tab. Lots of people never thought to tap on More to find things, turns out.
- Added support for iOS 13.4's pointer interactions if you have an iPad + trackpad.
- Added an Add to Siri button on the summary screen for starting skiing hands-free.
- Added a little weight/inertia to 3D mountains when you move them around.
- You can now permanently dismiss the prompt asking if you want to display photos from your photo library.
- Massive improvement to the smoothness of user avatars moving on maps during playback / scrolling of the timeline.
- Fixed off-piste / backcountry recordings sometimes being changed to "Unlisted Resort" after saving.
- Fixed an issue on the timeline screen where starting/stopping playback multiple times would cause playback to speed up.
- Fixed a case where at smaller resorts playback would happen too fast on the timeline screen.
Stay safe y'all.
v2020.13 - 2020-03-16
- Tweaked automatic run splitting for new recordings. Slopes has always split one run into two if you took a break and didn't move much for 10 minutes, but I think that was a bit too short as it could trigger if you were helping someone learn to ski and had to wait at a halfway point. Upped the auto-splitting threshold to 20 minutes of being in the same place.
- At the same time, pausing a recording now guarantees a split. So if you pause for a warming-hut break mid-run, that will be two runs even if it was a quick 5 minute stop.
- The Watch app will now more reliably auto-resume in the rare case a crash occurred. This should help with cases where it looked like you recorded one run but then Slopes stopped, or if you resumed from a pause but it seemed to not get anything.
- Started directly attaching heart rate samples to workouts generated by Slopes. It doesn't change anything, I think, but I noticed the Workout app does it so I figured Slopes should too.
- Fixed a case where a long enough uphill segment in the middle of a run (that wasn't a tow rope or t-bar) would be marked as a super short lift, splitting it into two runs. Existing days where this happened will be recalculated to fix as needed when you open this update, so expect some run count changes.
- Addressed an issue during crash auto-resume where calories from earlier wouldn't be added to the workout.
- Fixed the Watch app continuing to pop back on-screen after you had already finished your day.
- Hopefully fixed a case where the stats you see in your logbook wouldn't match the online data in friends' lists.
- It was a recent server change, but fixed a case where your friends list, or stat list, wouldn't update properly.
- Fixed some cases where the summary stats for a season or lifetime wouldn't match the actual stats due to duplicated data.
v2020.12 - 2020-02-22
- The last updated broke some text wrapping. This update fixes that. *facepalm*
v2020.10 - 2020-02-21
- Improved the contrast of lifts in dark mode maps.
- Improved discoverability of some things that were tappable.
v2020.9 - 2020-02-14
- A brand new, first of its kind, premium feature: Compare Runs. Using the new Compare option on the timeline screen you can bring up two runs side-by-side to play them back at the same time. Compare the route you took, high-level stats like vertical at a glance, or dig in with an altitude/speed graph.
- This new compare feature isn’t limited to your own runs, no siree! You can also compare any run vs a friend’s that you rode with.
- It was always kinda weird that you couldn’t tap on a friend’s avatar to check out a comparison of all their stats vs yours, right? Yeah, I thought so too. Added a comparison popup everywhere that’s appropriate (summary screens, friend tab).
- If someone is supporting Slopes via Slopes Premium they’ll have that badge shown in leaderboards and elsewhere. Thanks!
- Cleaned up the timeline screen a bit to make common actions like the new compare option, or play / pause, more obvious and easier to reach.
- Speedups of fetches for friend location data for rode-with mapping.
- It was a server-side change, made on Wednesday, but Strava users rejoice! Slopes now uploads your GPS tracks so you get segment credit and more.
- Fixed a case where the rode-with stat bars on the daily summary would be all the same length, despite the stats being different.
- Fixed a bug with pull-to-refresh on the friends tab.
v2020.8 - 2020-02-08
- Fixed a bug where the iPhone app could keep pinging your location after you ended recording.
v2020.7 - 2020-01-28
- View your current location and elevation! While riding in the trees this week, I realized it would be super helpful if I had access to my current location in case I needed to give it to emergency services. This info is available while recording on both the Watch and iPhone -- swipe to get to it.
- Along those lines, you can send your exact location to someone if you're in trouble.
- Fixed the pass back-dater and activating a pass for "today".
v2020.6 - 2020-01-24
- Fixed an issue with buying an annual pass in Europe and it would complain about the price difference.
- Fixed a crash when trying to save a share card, but there was an error.
v2020.5 - 2020-01-18
- Fix for a crash-on-launch for watchOS 5 users.
- Fix for metric users where total vertical said M but the value was in KM.
v2020.4 - 2020-01-18
- You can now end a recording on your Watch without pausing first (!!). It's the little things in life that excite us the most. Don't worry, it'll ask you to confirm the request if it looks like you're actively moving, incase your gear is messing with your screen (that concern is why it made you pause first to begin with).
- Improvement to Watch -> iPhone recording transfer retry process.
- Big rework of the backdating-a-pass UI to make the process a lot clearer for Trip passes.
- Improved the link preview when sending friend invites or passes to a friend to make it clearer what was happening.
- UX improvements to the summary screen for quick-adding / editing friends to a recording.
- Fixed an issue in the sync engine where a bad download was preventing new activities from being uploaded. This was usually seen by new activities not being credited in your leaderboards (make sure you launch the update to clear this up).
- Fix typo in text-to-speech announcement for resumed recording.
v2020.3 - 2020-01-11
- Tell your iOS 12 friends - Slopes now supports iOS 12 again! Did you know if an app bumps the minimum OS requirement (like Slopes did in Sept) you can usually re-download the most recent version of the app that *did* still support your OS (like 12)? Yeah, most people didn't know where to find that option. So I retrofitted iOS 12 support back in. Had to make a few design compromises on 12 to stay sane, but it means that 12 users now get all the new goodies like friends.
- Slopes has had a lot of incremental speed improvements since the last iOS 12 version, so iOS 12 users will notice a ~70% application launch speedup.
- Shaved another ~10% off of application launch time for iOS 13 users.
- Temporary workaround for an issue with the new season/trip summary cells getting squished when dynamic type is enabled.
- Fixed a UI glitch with season headers in the logbook when coming back from the background.
v2020.2 - 2020-01-07
- Fixed a crash on the share screen when picking a photo you took for the background.
v2020.1 - 2020-01-03
New decade, who dis?
- Lifetime stats! Ever been curious which resort you visited the most, or what your record is for consecutive days skied? Tap the lifetime stats summary at the top of the Logbook to dig into all the juicy details.
- Added a new mini-timeline to the summary screen. It's a great way to quickly get a feel for how active your day was.
- 50% of people surveyed through Slopes's IG Story didn't know the season stats and trip stats rows were tappable in the Logbook. There's a ton of great stats in the screens tapping 'em leads to! Oof. Redesigned those table cells to be much clearer that they are tappable.
- Likewise, lots of people didn't know that Slopes Premium users can tap on things like "Top Speed" for a day to see when and where on the map they hit that. Reworked the Bests section to make that tappability a lot clearer.
- Likewise, there are still a lot of people (especially Watch users, since they don't see the iPhone's "save" screen) that don't know you can edit / add / remove the lifts and runs that Slopes detected. The new mini timeline was the perfect place to put a little shortcut to get to the timeline editor to make that more discoverable.
- Improvements to background syncing of activities that you saved while offline and need to sync later when you're back on WiFi.
- Fix for things being mis-centered in maps on iPad for Slopes Premium users.
- Fixed a crash on the photos setting screen when changing the setting for the first time.
- Hopeful fix for a crash that could occur when splitting a day.
v2019.23 - 2019-12-22
- Fix for people getting prompted to activate a pass on recording when they didn't need to.
v2019.22 - 2019-12-20
- Fixed a crash that occurred when creating a manual activity.
- Fixed a threading crash related to displaying your friends on activity maps.
- Addressed a few other random crashers.
v2019.21 - 2019-12-14
- Big improvement to Instagram Story sharing formatting. You can have a lot of fun with this in IG's create mode now.
- Added support for sharing to FB Stories, incase anyone actually uses that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- Y'all really liked those resort visit maps from Instagram last week! I made some tweaks to the existing season share cards so you can make something pretty close to that yourselves.
- When you start recording, if you have multiple unused pass types (ex Day + Trip) on your account you can now pick which type you want to use.
- When recording via Watch, passes no longer auto-activate to cover the recording. You'll get to choose if you want to when you get back to your phone.
- You can now hide individual photos in Slopes. Head to the photos for a day in Slopes and use the new "..." option in the top right to hide 'em.
- You can also set / change the photo you'd like to attach to the activity via that menu.
- Added backcountry / off-piste recordings to the share card heat maps.
- Some under-the-hood performance improvements I need for the next big thing I'm working on.
- Fixed 2 crashers on iPad related to showing alert dialogs.
- Fixed an issue that could cause the "Migrating..." screen to show during onboarding.
- Fixed a crash on the manual entry screen if you picked a resort then went to pick a resort agin and picked the same one.
v2019.20 - 2019-12-04
- Added a local push notification to let you know when a recording from your Apple Watch has finished transferring to your phone, since that can sometimes take a minute over bluetooth. Tap it to jump right into the activity!
- These Watch alerts get "delivered quietly" by default if you've never given Slopes permission to send notifications, so you'll have to scroll down on your lock screen to see it. Head to Slopes's More tab -> Settings -> Notifications and toggle the system permission to on if you want them to show on your lock screen without scrolling.
- Added a new notifications screen in Slopes's settings to let you easily manage that new transfer notification, and the existing recording reminders.
- Added the ability to pin your theme selection (light vs dark) and ignore the system's default. AKA night mode all day long (but just in Slopes).
- Added the ability to activate passes via the account tab instead of just when reviewing a day.
- Added support for activating yearly passes given as a gift (sadly not available for purchase in-app).
- Tapping on the recording reminder notification now takes you to the recording screen.
- The friends tab now automatically gets marked as needing a refresh after you save a new activity.
- Fixed the run-by-run stats' background on the recording screen in dark mode.
- Fixed the new lift-skipping playback setting being cut off on iPad.
- Fixed a retain cycle on the Watch app's start screen that could sometimes lead to a termination for CPU usage.
v2019.19 - 2019-11-23
- A little iOS-flavored UI love: Slopes now uses large titles for the root screens. Feels much nicer IMO.
- Slopes Premium users can now toggle the auto-skipping of lifts during playback for the 3D timeline mode, and free users can now toggle it too.
- Fixed dark mode text issue on the resort selector for making a manual activity.
- Fixed a race condition when launching Slopes from a URL.
- Fixed a crash on the playback screen.
v2019.18 - 2019-11-15
- You can now disable the "jump to the next run" behavior during playback on the timeline screen, under the map options (top right).
- You can now prevent your avatar + location from showing on friends' maps that you rode with. You can find this option under Account -> Manage Friends.
- You can now also remove family members as friends.
- Improved link sharing via AirDrop for friending / pass sharing / etc.
- Fixed link share issues on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
- Fixed a case where daily comparisons for an activity might not show after initial save, requiring you to leave and come back to see them.
- Fixed a crash when trying to invite people to your family via iPad.
- Fixed a crash when trying to transfer a pass.
- Fixed a crash on the logbook screen which would happen immediately after creating a manual activity, and then on subsequent re-opens of Slopes.
- My Helpdesk provider fixed a bug in their SDK where you couldn't do anything to pick or escape from an image when picking Choose Image to attach a screenshot.
v2019.17 - 2019-11-12
This release is the beginning of a more social era of Slopes, one all about friends and groups who ride together. But don't worry: Slopes going social is about your real life friends, focusing on privacy + reflecting your real experience on the mountain. There are no public profiles, no public leaderboard to game, no “find me on Slopes” usernames or email lookup. No stalkers or “engagement hacks” here!
- Add your real-life friends on Slopes to have some friendly competitions with private season and monthly leaderboards.
- Who you rode with is an important part of the story of a day, so now you can tag your friends in recordings. Doing so will let you compare stats for that day in-app (these comparisons are aggregated on a daily basis, so if you made two recordings they're summed together). If you organize your recordings into trips these stat comparisons are rolled up there, too.
- Tagging between friends happens automatically when you're online. Once both of you sync your activity to the Slopes servers they'll notice if you both shared a lift together (+/- a few chairs), and automatically do the tagging for you. Best of all this automatic lift detection is also done when you initially friend someone in Slopes, too. It'll check your histories for overlap and apply the tags (will take a minutes to process).
- A new “versus” share card to show off your victory against a tagged friend for the day.
- New feature for Slopes Premium users: when you've tagged someone in a day their avatar will zip around along side yours in the timeline view and 3d view. Note: reasonable privacy checks are in play here so you can't make a manual activity for a day just to spy on one of your friends that actually did record.
- People sharing a Household Pass are automatically friended (and while you share the pass you've gotta remain friends).
- You can search activities by people you've tagged.
- By popular request the Trip Pass is back. The flexibility of the Day Pass Bundle just didn't prove as useful as I had hoped it would be. My bad.
- Individual Annual Passes and the individual Trip Pass now get 2 free Day Passes to share with a friend. Share the love!
- There are new bundles of Trip Passes; save some money by going in together with friends. Pick up a 4-pack to share and 3 friends will owe you some drinks at dinner. Check out the new Group Discounts section of the buy pass screen.
- New merchandise: color enamel pins, a double-diamond shirt, refreshed black hoodie, and a 2019/20 season exclusive -- a sticker of that retro Slopes icon y'all love so much.
- Gave the Account screen some TLC. Refreshed the Slopes Premium section to make your current pass status and remaining unused passes clearer and easier to manage.
- Improved the UX when using a pass to unlock a past recording & you had multiple types of passes (trip + day) to pick from to use.
- Added support for fraction (ex: +4.5HR GMT) timezones. TIL that was even a thing.
v2019.16 - 2019-10-17
- Improved how the new start recording screen handles things when you deny location permissions.
- Fixed the pass transfer popup on iPad.
- Fixed a crash when creating a location-based reminder from the welcome screen.
- Fixed a crash on launch caused by recursive lock when Slopes is checking for updates to a resort's lifts.
- Continuing to search for a workaround on the crash-on-launched caused by iOS 13 in the sync engine, trying a new approach. If you have the crash-on-launch issue after this update, please reach out (firstname.lastname@example.org). It's a rare bug and it'd help a lot to be able to test my fixes on someone with the issue.
- Open In and Airdrop is a hot mess in 13 when you have multiple apps that can open the same file type installed. Lots of other outdoor GPS apps are having a hard time with it (stuff changed between the last beta and the final release). I've updated the Importing Data FAQ with more info. TL;DR: for now, Open With for GPX files has a good chance to be borked for Slopes if you have other GPS apps installed, but AirDrop and the "+" button to import (on the logbook screen) should work again.
v2019.15 - 2019-09-26
- If you tap "Read More" on the What's New launch screen to see the release notes, you won't have to read the release notes on the More screen too to get rid of that "New" badge.
- Tapping on a contextual preview in the Logbook now takes you to the details screen for it.
- Guard against location lookups being triggered with the new start recording screen when Slopes is in the background.
- Fixed a case were the start recording screen might stop looking up your location after leaving it open in the background for 30+ minutes.
- Fixed a case where imports via AirDrop might not properly trigger.
- Fixed a crash when trying to view the timeline screen for people grandfathered legacy maps.
- There's a bug in iOS 13 causing rare crashes in my sync engine. I've working with them to get it fixed since the betas, but in the mean I've changed some things to try to work around it. Not 100% sure if this workaround will fix it, though.
v2019.14 - 2019-09-24
It's a one-two punch! Right on the heals of the big iOS 13 release for Slopes last week, I've got something really special for you today. See, not only is the iOS 13 update for iPad out today, today is also Slopes's 6th birthday 🎂. Seems like the perfect time to launch something I've been wanting to do for years.
Say hi to the Slopes iPad companion app. No, I don't want you riding down the mountain with your iPad recording your day in your backpack. I do want you to check out your day with full-screen maps when you're back at the lodge by the fire. Full-screen maps and full-screen AR look great on the bigger screens.
- iPad companion app with all the things you'd expect from a best-in-class iPad app:
- Multi-window and split-screen support.
- Handoff support so you can hop between your iPad and iPhone easily.
- Great keyboard support.
- Fix for a crash-on-launch for users who downloaded Slopes in the v1 days.
Like I said, busy summer ;). And I've still got one more big surprise in store for November.
v2019.13 - 2019-09-19
- A new start recording screen that's a lot easier to use. No more hopping to the resort selection screen as it'll now automatically list the nearby resorts just like the Slopes Watch app does.
- The new start recording screen lets you disable auto-activating before you record, incase you want to save it for later.
- Moved the recording reminders to the recording screen, making it (finally) clear what that "Remind Me..." button does.
- Support for dark mode, including a new night-friendly variant of the winter map for Slopes Premium users.
- Sign in with Apple support, including the ability to add it to your existing account. Note: that won't replace your username / password you have today, but it'll mean you can log in easier next time.
- Activity search has gotten much more powerful with search tags. Mix and match search tags for complex searches ("Show me my favorite days from Vermont" is now possible, for example).
- The "History" tab is now "Logbook", and your lifetime stats are now kept here.
- The timeline view ("View Lifts & Runs" screen) and basic map is now always free, even without Slopes Premium. Detailed run-by-run stats, better maps, virtual 3D mountains, and other paid features on the timeline screen remain exclusive to Slopes Premium.
- The My Account section is now its own tab so it is a lot easier to find where to transfer passes and manage families.
- File import improvements.
- You can now AirDrop multiple files to yourself and Slopes will import them all (instead of just the first one).
- You can also now tap the "+" at the top right of the logbook to pick file to import via iCloud Drive.
- The green terrain map in Slopes Premium has been removed. Let's be honest, it wasn't long for the world once I added the much much better winter map terrain style last year.
- Speedups to the app launch time.
- Support for low data mode, specifically for virtual 3D mountains.
- Improved Help & Support section with FAQs.
It's happening a little early this year (I usually wait until January); this version of Slopes requires iOS 13 and watchOS 5. Don't worry, your old copy of Slopes will continue to work if you aren't able to upgrade.
Phew, that was a busy summer (and this release was just 1/3 of the work I did!). Slopes's 6th birthday is next week on the 24th, and I've got something big planned.
v2019.12 - 2019-04-24
- Removed the Facebook SDK. I only ever used it because I advertised Slopes on Instagram and you need it to help with that. I never gave them your private data or anything, but I'm no longer comfortable letting that creepy company have *any* hooks in my code to do who-knows-what secretly behind the scenes. #privacy
v2019.11 - 2019-04-07
- Fixed a crash when Slopes would try to free up some memory if a lot of other apps were running.
v2019.10 - 2019-04-05
- Fix for a crash that could happen when uploading new activities for sync (which was also preventing Strava sync).
- Fix for a crash related to photo permissions on the history screen.
Please note: if you recorded over the weekend, and have Background Refresh turned off for Slopes, make sure you open Slopes at least once after this update so your activities can sync / be backed up to your Slopes account. Otherwise when you move phones you risk loosing them. If you have Background Refresh enabled they'll auto upload in the next 24hrs or so.
v2019.9 - 2019-03-29
- Slopes will be a good bit smaller (on disk and to download) on iOS 12.2 and newer.
- You are no longer limited in having to manually add lifts / runs only during the time you recorded. Helpful for when you forgot to record a run or two. (No stats for lifts / runs created outside of the time you recorded, because there is no GPS data, of course)
- Slopes should launch noticeably faster, especially for those with a lot of activities saved.
- Fixed the What's New link on the What's New popup screen to not claim you're running an outdated build.
- Fixed a layout issue with the reset password form.
- Fixed cases where searching for resorts named "Mount ..." wouldn't match when you type "Mt. ...", and some other permutations.
- Fixed a crash on iOS 11 on the about screen.
AKA "Bug fixes and performance improvements."
v2019.8 - 2019-03-23
A lot of small goodies in this one, including some popular requests from all of you!
- Exclusive to the Watch app: auto-resume. When you pause, you can ask the Watch app automatically resume after 30 or 60 minutes. It is a great safety net incase you occasionally forget to hit resume after a long break.
- "Brit mode." Why do y'all over there use the metric system, but then also use MPH? Who knows! But now you'll see speeds the way you want them (customizable under More -> Settings).
- A new split tool. You can split activities at any given time into two separate ones. You can find this under the Edit options when checking out your day.
- Added 4 more alternate icons for Premium users. Make sure you check out the skier and snowboarder variants!
- Added a known lifts overlay to the map in the timeline editor, and a subtle haptic feedback when you're editing a lift and you near the start/end of a known lift.
- Added the ability to bulk-delete lifts/runs in the timeline editor, very useful for removing those car rides.
- Along with the split tool, the merge tool has been made a separate option on the edit screen. So instead of just prompting you if you'd like to merge when you go to save, you now explicitly trigger it, which is a lot cleaner / easier to find.
- Slopes will now auto-pause if you record past midnight, just incase you left it running. Slopes will also force you to start a new recording in this case, as activities aren't supposed to span multiple days (trips are for that!).
- If Slopes somehow crashes while recording it will now resume as soon as it relaunches. This will prevent some rare cases where Slopes seemed to be mysteriously pausing because of a crash.
- Further improvements to the Watch -> iPhone save transfer process. Should get that "may take a while" spinner to go away much quicker.
- HealthKit entries will now only be made for activities recorded via Slopes. They will no longer be created for manual activities or imports.
- Lots of other little UX improvements, including some fixes for iPhone SE + Dynamic Type.
v2019.7 - 2019-03-15
- Fixed those new app icons not unlocking when they should.
- Fixed a fun thread crash related to photos attached to an activity.
- Fixed share cards showing "Killington" when you skied somewhere else. (Thanks again for the bug report video Brian!)
- Further UI tweaks for Dynamic Type support.
v2019.6 - 2019-03-12
- Dynamic Type support, which means Slopes now works with the system's custom font size settings. For 40% of you this will be a very welcome improvement, and for the other 60% things won't look any different (if I did my job right), ha.
- If you don't want to use Dynamic Type for Slopes, you can turn it off in More -> Settings.
- I commissioned some unique app icons exclusively for all of you who have supported me by grabbing Slopes Premium, and have included the first batch in this release. Check 'em out in the settings!
- Everyone makes mistakes, right? Yeah, those new dots on this history screen didn't work as well as I hoped. Back to a good old text label!
- If you attach a photo to an activity that photo will now stand out a better on the history screen.
- Photos on the history screen from your Photo Library should load a bit faster when you launch Slopes.
- In the last update the vertical summary for the day, when in metric, flipped from meters to kilometers. It is now back to meters.
- The history redesign introduced a bug where a recording might not show up until you force-quit and restarted Slopes. It made some people (rightfully) worry that their data had been lost, but it was there! I've fixed that display bug so the UI won't lag behind saves now.
v2019.5 - 2019-02-24
Trying to get in a quick update or two before staring my next ambitious feature...
- Season stats comparisons! Head to the bottom of that new season details screen to see how you stack up to your previous seasons. Thank you to the Slopes fans I met in the gondola at Park City last week for inspiring the idea.
- Added the ability to control the playback speed on the Lift & Runs screen.
- Added day count to the season / trip details screen.
- Moved the daily summary from the sentence format at the top to a new broken out stats section below the pics (same as the new trip / season screens) to increase readability.
- Sometimes Watch -> iPhone file transfers can take a while, so I added an indicator on the start screen of the Watch app to let you know when it is still trying to get the recording over to your phone.
- Fixed a crash when viewing the new history screen because of a fun bug with auto-merge and attached photos.
- Fixed a crash on boot on secondary devices as it tried to download new activities before the database migration completed.
- Fixed the date range on the multi-day share cards being reversed for trips.
- Fixed the heart rate graph being a little higher than it should (Thanks Phil, good eye!).
- Fixed Siri Shortcuts (turns out when they say something is deprecated, that doesn't mean the new way works).
- Fixed the metric/imperial setting not syncing to Watch. Toggle the setting once more your iPhone to get it to resync.
v2019.4 - 2019-02-20
This update has been in the works since before Christmas. I brought the history screen kicking and screaming from its 2013 design into 2019. It's been totally redesigned from the ground up! But this isn't just a fresh coat of paint: the redesign allowed me to add in some popular feature requests.
- Now shows photos from your Photo Library, if you've opted into that, along with the key photo you manually attached.
- "X runs in the morning" has been replaced with a visual representation of how long you recorded (one dot per hour).
- The activity type (skiing vs snowboarding) is now displayed as part of each activity.
- Trips: you can now group activities together.
- This will visually highlight activities as a related group.
- Trips show cumulative stats for all activities in it, right in the timeline.
- To create a trip, hit the "+" button on the history tab.
- After creating a trip, it will automatically add future recordings to it as appropriate (within 50 miles and no more than 3 days after the most recent activity in the trip). So start a trip in Slopes after you save your first day on a new trip, and Slopes will take care of the rest automatically!
- A details screen for trips and seasons: more stats than ever before.
- See totals for all the related activities, and also the records like top speed, longest run, etc.
- Tap either the season or trip stat row within the timeline to dig in.
- Manually entered activities.
- If you forgot to record you can now add an activity manually via the history screen.
- You won't get any stats since there is no GPS data associated with it, but you can still add notes, favorite it, and see photos for the activity.
- To create an activity, hit the "+" button on the history tab.
- Added a reminder after joining a family to cancel auto-renew on your individual Annual Pass if you had one. (Did you join a family? Make sure you canceled your individual Annual Pass! Apple doesn't give me a way to cancel those automatically for you.)
- Added the ability to sign up for the Slopes Newsletter on the More tab (they got a preview of this design last week!).
- Fixed a case where lift names might not show up when they should.
- Fixed calorie count under "How'd You Do?" being lower than it should when the activity had been merged with another one. For real this time!
- Fixed a case where v1 users weren't getting the unlocks they should (might have to do a restore purchases after installing the update if it doesn't automatically fix itself).
- Fixed a few other crashers (for those curious after the release notes two versions ago, I've gone from 99.5% crash free to 99.76% ;) ).
By the way: Slopes just crossed 10,000 reviews in the US App Store this weekend. Thanks for all the support, it means a ton!
v2019.3 - 2019-01-21
- Fixed calorie count under "How'd You Do?" being lower than it should when the activity had been merged with another one.
- Fixed the photos screen to allow landscape rotation.
- Fixed a race condition where sync to the server could sometimes get stuck if you had edited an activity on another device.
v2019.2 - 2019-01-09
- Watch users rejoice! If you record multiple times in a day at the same resort, the recordings will now automatically merge as they sync to your iPhone. No more having to hop through the edit screen manually to make that happen.
- Reworked a lot of logic around Watch-to-iPhone sync to get a lot more aggressive with making sure recordings make their way to the phone in a timely fashion.
- Improved the heart rate graph in the case where the HR samples aren't frequent enough to make a full graph.
- The user avatar icon was way too tiny in AR mode. It is now back to a normal, visible, size.
- Fixed a crash on the share card generator when sharing using the "Visits" background.
- Spent a few days playing Sherlock Holmes in my crash reporter; 99.5% crash-free wasn't good enough for me! Fixed a lot of other rare random crashes that most people never reported or noticed but that were bugging me knowing they were there.
v2019.1 - 2019-01-03
New year, who 'dis?
- Day Passes are now transferable!
- Any Day Pass you buy, including those from the 5 Pass Bundle, can be sent to another Slopes rider if you haven't used it yet.
- You can start the transfer from the My Account screen.
- This makes the bundle of passes a great way to save a little money as a group of friends riding for just the weekend.
- 3D replays have had speed heatmaps since Slopes launched in 2013, and now the heatmaps are finally making their way to the 2D maps! Riders who purchased Slopes Premium will now see their runs colored dynamically based on how fast they were going.
- In syncing up the appearance of 2D maps with the 3D virtual mountains, your user avatar is now shown on premium 2D maps instead of a generic blue location dot. It's the little things, 'ya know?
- Improved the Slopes Premium status messaging to always include how many unused passes are on your account. Sorry for the confusion the expiration wording caused to Day Pass holders.
- Added the ability to manually (re)upload activities to Strava, via the action button in the top right of the day's summary screen.
- Removed water lock option from the Watch app when you're recording via your phone, since it could only work if you started the activity from your Watch an anyway.
- Fixed a rare cash while recording on Watch.
v2018.27 - 2018-12-28
I'm bad at taking vacations, even during holidays. Instead I was making a few small improvements before 2018 is over...
- Improved the clarity of the dialog on the Strava connect screen about a Slopes account being required.
- Added clarifications on the Household Pass purchase screen about how the upgrade from Annual Pass process works.
- Fixed a case where adding a photo to your day could cause the day to not save.
- Fixed a case where transfers coming from the Watch would fail.
- Fixed a crash when trying to launch Slopes via the Strava deep link.
v2018.26 - 2018-12-21
- Fixed message history inside of the Help & Support screen. It should now persist your messages even if you're logged out.
- Fixed a UI freeze when trying to view lifts and runs in free mode on Plus-sized devices.
- Fixed a rare race condition where activities from the Watch could be duplicated on import.
- Fixed a case where merging recordings from the Watch could delete the workout in Apple Health.
v2018.25 - 2018-12-19
I know the last thing you need is for Slopes to encourage you to "find your friends on Slopes!" so you can manage followers here, too. You've got enough social networks! I believe it's more important to help you share your awesome days where you're already hanging. So, I'm back with another integration to help you share your days riding, and this is a big one ... 35 million athletes world-wide big.
- Strava has partnered with Slopes!
- Slopes can now automatically upload your recordings to Strava for your friends over there to see.
- Strava has customized how uploaded activities from Slopes appear, so they'll highlight the stats we care about as skiers and riders.
- Uploaded activities will also include a map of your day using Slopes's new winter map theme. That'll help your activities stand out over there!
- To get started head to More -> Settings -> Strava to connect your accounts.
- The new winter map theme is now available as a share card background (for all users, not just Slopes Premium users).
- The share card creator will now remember how you shared (which share card type, which background, and which color tint), and will default to that same setup next time.
- When Slopes is syncing a lot of activities from the server the recording screen will be a lot less dramatic while trying to count up totals as activities keep downloading.
v2018.24 - 2018-12-09
- Improved the Help & Support area with new UI from HelpScout. This will also help people send feedback when they don't use Mail.app for email.
- Fix a case where Slopes might prompt you to create an account when you were already logged in.Fixed a case where 3D maps could get stuck loading.
- Fixed text cutoff on an iPhone SE in the Slopes merch store.
v2018.23 - 2018-12-05
- A new pass type: Household Annual Passes! I've gotten tons of emails every season asking for a way for families that ride together to all go in on Slopes Premium together and save some money. Similar to other apps introducing family plans, this Household Pass is a subscription that unlocks Slopes Premium for you and four other family members in the same house.
- If you're currently an Annual Pass holder, you can upgrade to the Household Pass today, no need to wait for your existing Annual Pass to expire! Head to the purchase screen for Premium (More -> Premium Learn More -> Grab) to upgrade.
- Slopes can now directly post share cards to your Instagram Story. Look for the Instagram Story icon in the list of share destinations!
- New Slopes merchandise to help you stay warm, exclusive to the 2018/19 season.
- Improved the process of moving to a new device: login information is now synced to iCloud Keychain if you have that enabled. If you don't, Slopes will detect a new device upon first launch after a restore, and helpfully remind you to you to sign in if you had a Slopes account before.
- Fixed a login loop when trying to restore purchases.
- Fixed a crash on the recording screen that could happen after buying a pass mid-recording.
v2018.22 - 2018-11-29
- Fixed a case where stats could sometimes show as "0" after pausing for lunch and then resuming.
- Fixed the login screen automatically closing before you have a chance to log in when restoring purchases.
- More hunting down of that pesky watch bug where recordings aren't showing up. I think it ended up being related to that "0" stat bug. Fingers crossed!
v2018.21 - 2018-11-21
- Fixed a case where a corrupted import from the Watch would perpetually crash the iPhone app as it tried to import.
- Fixed a crash when you were prompted to complete your profile and you tried to.
- Fixed a crash that could happen when re-opening Slopes mid-recording.
- I think I fixed a really rare case where Watch saves were getting corrupted. This was like a 1 in 1,000 bug, so it's been a lot of detective work, thanks for your patience.
v2018.20 - 2018-11-16
- Switched to donating Siri Shortcuts on initial launch, so you shouldn't have to record a day to get it them to appear in the shortcuts app.
- Removed the sample day from the app to save some space, instead Slopes now loads its sample from the server as needed.
- Fixed the little quotation mark next to your notes on the summary screen. Poor guy was getting squished.
- Fixed required fields on first save not being red.
- Fixed a case where the Slopes complication might not show up on your Watch.
- Fixed an error with cleaning up assets used for 3D rendering which would sometimes cause it not to render.
v2018.19 - 2018-11-12
- A new bundle of day passes replaces the trip pass! This is much more flexible allowing you to use each day pass from the bundle at any time. So you can still use the days back to back on a single trip, but now you can also spread them out over multiple trips or even seasons (they won't expire). A lot of you had written in asking for this flexibility, so here it is!
- A new winter-themed map has been added for Slopes Premium users, and is now their default.
- Don't be confused -- "Slopes Premium" is a subtle cleanup / rebrand of the old "Slopes Pass" terminology. Nothing has changed in terms of what you get for free, or what you get if you pay for it.
- The user avatar now shows the Slopes Premium logo when you're either subscribed or have some passes still left on your account.
- A ton of UI polish, including but not limited to the about screen, the account screen, and all of the Slopes Premium screens.
- Moved the ability to enable / disable the free online backup to the settings screen.
- Slopes will no longer nag you for HealthKit permissions when you're not actively using the Watch app, but have it installed.
- Fixed display of your Premium status when launching Slopes for the first time on a new phone, when your login information was copied from your old phone.
- Fixed 3D mountains failing to load in rare cases, and now falls back to trying to request terrain data with less detail as needed.
- Fixed a case where a super large area skied could crash Slopes when going to render it in 3D. Mountains will now degrade in resolution instead of crashing.
- Fixed a crash on the lifts & runs edit screen for freshly recorded activities.
- Fixed a case where there could be duplicate runs after using the lift & run edit screen. Updating will clean up your old edits to fix duplicates, too.
v2018.18 - 2018-10-01
- Improved reliability of Watch transfers.
v2018.17 - 2018-09-22
- Fixed a crash on the new editor screen.
- Fixed a crash on watchOS 4.
- Fixed a case where the Digital Crown wouldn't cycle through stats as expected.
v2018.16 - 2018-09-15
- Fix for a crash on launch if you had recorded at certain resorts.
v2018.15 - 2018-09-17
- A powerful new run & lift editor. The old trim tool has been replaced with a brand new timeline editor:
- Remove any lifts or runs Slopes detected inaccurately, like when you leave Slopes running when you hop on a shuttle back to the lodge.
- Tweak the start / end of a detected lift or run.
- Swap a run for a lift and visa versa. Great for when you rode a lift down but Slopes said it was a run.
- Add any runs or lifts Slopes missed, useful for tinier resorts where there isn't enough vertical to auto-detect them.
- Media playback control in the Watch app. Swipe right when recording to access playback controls.
- New complications for the new watch faces.
- Siri shortcut support on iOS 12. Use Apple's Shortcut app to start skiing and kick off your favorite music at the same time. (Might I recommend "It's go time!" as your custom phrase for that?)
- Improved and larger layouts on the new series of Watches.
- Improvements to tracking in AR after you've placed the mountain.
Note: this version drops support for iOS 10. Slopes now requires iOS 11 and watchOS 4.
v2018.14 - 2018-07-22
- Fixed a confusing case where Slopes would say you don't have an active pass, even though you did, and days were still being unlocked for you.
v2018.13 - 2018-07-13
- For the privacy-focused: you can now disable sync which will let you keep your location data private and off of the Slopes servers. You can disable sync via the account screen. Note if you do disable sync you must use iTunes / iCloud backups to ensure your recordings transfer over to new phones.
- Defaulted to a nicer voice for the start/pause/resume/end announcements.
- Logging out when you have a lot of activities should be a *lot* faster now.
- The mountains in AR mode won't be quite as dark.
- Fixed the choppy animation that happened when bringing up the share card generator.
- Fixed being able to pick Slopes to open .Slopes and .GPX files.
- Fixed a crash for new users who are starting to record via their phone while also having the Watch app installed.
v2018.12 - 2018-05-29
- Quick fix for a crash that got through as part of a larger cleanup of old code.
v2018.11 - 2018-05-29
- Had a little fun and designed some alternate icons for Slopes. Pick the one that works best for your home screen under More -> Settings.
- Your season totals will be displayed in the today widget when you aren't recording.
- Added support for viewing burst photos.
- Vastly improved support for people who ride in both hemispheres. Slopes will now automatically split out northern vs southern hemisphere recordings into separate seasons.
- Fixed a case where 3D mountains were failing to render in some places in Europe.
- Fixed a case where a slow internet connection would cause 3D mountains to not render.
- Fixed a crasher on multi-day share cards using the resort heat map image.
v2018.10 - 2018-04-25
AKA The GDPR Release
- You can now delete all of your data from the Slopes servers if you wish. You can do so under More -> My Account -> Delete.
- At the bottom of the More screen is a new option "Slopes and Your Data" where I explain in plain English how your data is stored, used, and shared. Spoilers: I charge for Slopes Passes so I don't have to do anything creepy with your data just to make a profit and stay in business.
- Ever notice that blue line at the top of the activity list when you open the app? That sync progress bar won't show up anymore unless there is actually new data to sync (it was bugging the heck out of me!).
- A few other bug fixes.
v2018.9 - 2018-04-19
- Lots of awesome new 3D stuff for Slopes Pass holders:
- The 2D map on the summary screen has been replaced with a 3D rendering of your day. Looks so much cooler, and more informative.
- You can expand that 3D view of your day and go full-screen to play around with it.
- You can also hit play in this new 3D view to see yourself move around the mountain.
- iOS 11+ users: the new expanded 3D view also supports ARKit. You can place your virtual mountain on a surface in real life and get some awesome pics (protip: use the camera button at the bottom of the AR view to get some clean screenshots without UI in the way).
- The new 3D views, and the existing ones, now use your account avatar when showing your position during replays.