The Winter Olympic Games are the pinnacle of the winter sports calendar and take place every four years. The Games are the only event in the sliding season that see bobsleigh and skeleton athletes competing at the same event as a range of other sports.
The World Cup is the premier circuit on the IBSF calendar. It features eight races across eight different venues in Europe and North America, with Austria, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United States the host nations.
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 Europa 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, France, Germany and Norway 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 23 and 26.