CONCORD — Progressive topics like paid family and medical leave, a minimum wage hike and legalizing recreational marijuana will get a new lease on life with Democrats taking control of the state Senate for the first time in a decade.

The ski swap is the traditional precursor to ski season. Normally run by ski clubs or similar non-profit groups, these sales of new and gently (sometimes not-so-gently) used gear can be a great way to suit up and boot up for the winter.