Parents will be able to relax a bit more at Brighton Resort this season, as the Utah ski area opens a licensed day care center.

Children ages 6 weeks or older can be dropped off at the center, located at the beginning of the Brighton loop, as early as 8:30 a.m. Parents and guardians can pick them back up by 4:30 p.m. after a full day hitting the slopes at the 1,000-acre resort up Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Reservations are required, and parents and guardians are asked to carry active cell phones while their children are under the center's care.

The resort's management holds a Utah state license for operating an hourly child care center. Infants and toddlers are cared for based on their individual needs in a secure building with separate areas for infants and toddlers, according to the resort. All child care providers have completed training through the state of Utah, and their backgrounds have been checked. Parents must provide diapers and wipes and appropriate clothing. Activities are appropriate for age groups and include storytelling, crafts, play, and learning games, according to the resort's Web site.

The Brighton Ski School and the child care center can coordinate skiing or snowboarding lessons for any of the children who want to get on the hill during their stay at the center, according to a resort news release. The center offers half- and full-day pricing options for lessons, and multi-day discounts, too. Transportation to the ski school on the hill and back to the center will be handled by Brighton staff, the resort's release said.

A Pre-Ski Package for 3- to 4-year-olds includes a lesson from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with pickup at the Brighton Ski School or back at the Childcare Center.

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