It’s February. The semester has just started, the temperatures are (slowly, but surely) rising, and the days of snow and ice will soon come to an end. There’s no better time to go snow tubing.

On Tuesday, February 14, the entire Central student body took a break from regular classes to snow tube at Campgaw Mountain in Mahwah, New Jersey. After a scenic drive from school, Central students had their choice of a variety of slopes and trails, and took full advantage of the provided tubes and the complimentary lift back up the incline to do it all over again. Ironically, students and faculty enjoyed a 50-degree day for the snow tubing excursion – perfect for one last winter sporting outing. For students, it was a chance to have some fun before the semester goes into full swing.

Sophomore Hannah Fink said, “I had such a great time snow tubing! It was such a fun way to bond with my friends and make memories.” Junior Reva Liker described the thrill aspect of the outing: “You go flying down the hill, and you can go really, really, fast, depending upon which lane you choose to go down,” she said. “You forget about everything else going on around you when you snow tube. I really felt the adrenaline.”

But the trip had a higher purpose: It was an opportunity for different grade levels to mingle and forge new friendships, as another junior, Debra Burger, pointed out. “It was so nice talking to girls from other grades,” she said. Even Central’s faculty got in on the fun, giving the students a run for their money. The Math Department’s own Mr. Yitzchok Borenstein said, “I went down the slope six times and had a blast! I even beat some of the students.”

The snow tubing outing kickstarts an exciting spring semester at Central that will include full-grade Shabbatons for all four classes, chesed trips, a senior trip to Washington, DC, a junior trip to Split Rock Resort, a senior retreat to Camp Kaylie, and an entire roster of surprises and fun for the Senior Seminar, which will last the entire semester.