Adding to Neil's advice,
You will first have to go to Leopard ... 10.5.(x)
Read ...Installing Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Then progress to Snow Leopard.
You can no longer buy Snow Leopard 10.6.3) from an Apple retail store, only as follows.
If you are in North America ... you must call them (1-800-MY-APPLE). last I read It is $29 plus tax for family pack and $19 plus tax for the individual use version.
In Europe or otherwise … call your National Apple Helpline. Find it at … http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57
Once you have bought and upgraded you will need to apply the Combo updater for Snow Leopard. Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1
Remember to repair permissions both before and after each upgrade/update.