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, but obviously we are open to anywhere if it is suitable.
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