My name is Jake New and my business partner and I are also looking to start a hostel in the Alps.
I have been managing a hostel and surf camp in Spain over the last two years however prior to that I was living in the Swiss Alps for two snow seasons. I agree that there seems to be a lack of hostels and affordable accomadation in the winter holiday destinations in Europe, and honestly, think there is a massive market for it. My business partner and I have tried over the past two winters to find a property suitable in Chammonix, France and what has looked like promising possibilities have both time's fallen through. Austria and Italy are the two that we have started to look towards.
I am interested to talk to you more and find out if we are trying to achieve the same thing.
Looking forward to hearing from you