The World Cup is the premier circuit on the IBSF calendar. It features eight races across eight different venues in Europe, North America and Asia, with Austria, Canada, Germany, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States the host nations.
A global showpiece, the World Championships take place once a year, except in Olympic years. The event features both bobsleigh and skeleton and is the highlight of the sliding calendar.
The Intercontinental Cup is a skeleton only circuit, with bobsleigh not featuring here. It sits below the World Cup but above the Europa Cup and North American Cup in terms of sliding standard. Like the World Cup, the season compromises of eight races, but these take place in four venues rather than eight. Austria, Canada, Germany and the United States are the host nations.
The European Cup circuit features both bobsleigh and skeleton events, although not always at the same time or the same venue. There are eight races for each sport, with Austria, Germany, Latvia and Switzerland hosting the events. For skeleton, the Europa Cup circuit sits above the North American Cup in the list of circuits, whereas it shares equal importance with the North American Cup as far as the bobsleigh rankings are concerned.
The North American Cup circuit features both skeleton and bobsleigh across four venues in Canada and the United States. There are eight races for each sport, with Calgary, Whistler, Park City and Lake Placid the chosen tracks. For skeleton, the North American Cup sits below the European Cup in the list of circuits, whereas it shares equal importance with the European Cup as far as the bobsleigh rankings are concerned.
The Junior World Championships is an annual bobsleigh and skeleton competition for athletes under the age of 26.
The formation of the BBSA has seen the re-introduction of the annual British Championships, featuring professional and amateur athletes in both bobsleigh and skeleton.
The IBSF runs both Para Bobsleigh and Para Skeleton men’s events on a six-race World Cup circuit. Athletes compete at three different venues in Europe and North America between November and January. The first Para World Cup competition took place in the 2014/15 season and Para Bobsleigh has since been provisionally accepted for inclusion in the 2022 Winter Paralympics.
The Para World Championships are the highlight of the Para Sliding calendar and take place on an annual basis, having begun in 2015/16.