What Do I Need to Make Snow?

What do you need to make snow at your own home or business? Below are some of the essentials you will need to create your own Backyard Snowstorm! Making snow at home is very similar to resort snowmaking but on a smaller scale and much easier. If you would like more information about snowmaking science CLICK HERE.

Freezing temperatures are required for real snowflakes to form. If the temperature is too warm, the small water droplets produced through the snowgun cannot freeze to form snow. As a rule of thumb, temperatures under 28F (-2.2C) are needed to make snow. please visit our snowmaking weather chart to see what temperature and humidity will produce the best snow quality.


Anyone who wants to make real snow will need a designed snowgun with nozzles and fittings. Our Snowspider Snowgun is professionally engineered and easy to use. Included in our snowguns are check valves, high pressure 150 micron filters, professionally built stainless steel nozzles, and quick connection fittings for easy use.  The BYSS Snowspider snowgun is expandable to match any flow rate from 1-10GPM so you can make as much snow as you want!

Snow Making Accessories

High pressure water is used in our snowmaking system to create small enough water droplets for snowflakes to form. The amount of snow you will make will depend on the amount of water you have running through your pressure washer(s). As a general rule, a pressure washer rated at 1 GPM (Gallon Per Minute) will produce 1″ of snow per hour covering a spread of 12’x25′. 2 GPM will produce 2″ of snow per hour covering the same spread of 12’x25′ and so on. Start off small with a single pressure washer system, or add multiple pressure washers in our “train systems” to increase snow output while saving money on expensive pressure washers. 

campbell Hausfeld 20 gal

Compressed air is used in our snowmaking system to split water droplets even smaller so that a nucleation site can be created for snowflakes to form. Our system accommodates a range of compressors, but also requires a minimum air flow of 4 CFM @ 90 PSI to work properly. We suggest purchasing this item at a local store or using an already owned compressor if it fits the minimum air flow requirement. If you would like more information about how snow is formed and the nucleation process, please visit our SNOWMAKING SCIENCE page


All included equipment for snowmaking