A "Station de Trail" (trail resort) has been opened in the Chartreuse French mountain range. Alike a ski resort, it features a range of marked trail routes for different abilities and an information desk where an experienced trail runner provides personalised advice. The aim being obviously to boost local economy by attracting runners (and there families) in the region during the summer, mid-season and snowless winters.

Whilst this is generally a good idea, it is also one step further towards the integration of trail running into a well-formatted sport. Let's hope it doesn't go too far.

Ultra trail resort