This could be you, in your backyard.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t want to wait in line at the slopes? Make your own.\r\n\r\nBackyard snowmakers make snow just like the resorts do, with compressed and pressurized air. You use a garden hose hooked up to household water supply, whether that be city or well water.\r\n\r\n\u201cAll you are doing is connecting two hoses into the air compressor and pressure washer,\u201d says Matthew Pittman, owner of Snow at Home. \u201cIt\u2019s truly that simple.\u201d\r\n\r\nBackyard ski hills are rapidly gaining popularity as an opportunity to practice tricks at home, cut costs, and introduce snowsports to kids.\r\n\r\nSnow At Home sells a range of snowmakers ranging from $300 to less than $2,400, and his website, snowathome.com, still provides free plans if you want to do it yourself. The largest pump covers a 150-foot by 20-foot area with a half-foot of snow overnight. At the lower end, it sells snow machines that cover 40 feet by 20 feet to a six-inch depth.\r\n\r\nPittman says it needs to be at least 27 degrees Fahrenheit outside with humidity at 25 percent and below\u2014or else slush.\r\n\r\nSince refining his snowmaking equipment, Pittman has also developed boxes and rails for at-home terrain parks (visit his other site, jibsforcribs.com). He also has started manufacturing homemade rope tows for backyard ski lifts. Pittman\u2019s lifts are electric-powered, and the rope is cut to the specific length of the backyard hill. Next on his list: grooming rakes.\r\n\r\nIf you are handy and looking to cut costs on the mountain, then your backyard might be where you find your fall line this winter.