You guys really seem to be over thinking things. My brain is hurting reading these posts micro analyzing every move. Have you thought about just getting out on a bump field and practice, practice, practice? LOL
I don't have the most technical brain. When I was learning bump skiing way back in the day, the couple of things that I took away from the many bump lessons I took are:
Before you start your run, stand at the top of the run and imagine water flowing down the run. Where the water flows is your natural fall line and where you should choose your line. Of course there will be many, and you can choose the one that looks best to you.
Use the top of the bump to help control your speed by giving a quick "check" of your edges. The top of the bump is more likely to hold an edge for a check.than the troughs.
Practice your runs by only using the troughs or only using the tops. Then practice transitioning between the two styles.
On very icy bump runs, look for the "snow bridges" that seem to connect most bumps and follow that line so you don't drop into the icy troughs as much.
And of course the best advice of all is to get out and ski bumps. All the time. No matter the conditions. Take your licks and get up and do it again. Get to know the local bump skiers. Follow their line and watch. Then practice some more. Bump skiing is among the most satisfying skiing skills to master, and probably the hardest as well. So stop over analyzing and get out there and practice. And one more thing, have fun!!!
Rick G- I went back to look at your first post in this thread, and I saw that we are fairly like minded. I see now that you are not trolling and honestly want to be helpful and give your perspective. And, I also see that people support your point of view. The thing is that everyone has their own way of learning. Maybe some people could progress faster with that philosophy, but it also may hold back others. Personally, I don't need advice on when to think and when not to think. I rip the bumps just fine, and I can feel when my mind gets in the way, the moment I try to force technique I fall apart. But, as an example of my analysis, conditioning is my limiting factor. Should I just keep hitting the gym or are there some slight adjustments I can make to save some energy? You may not follow where I'm going with it, though it may be the breakthrough I need, and for all we know it may be a breakthrough you might have to discover one day too, though maybe it will just come naturally to you, or maybe you'll never get there, because you're not thinking about it enough. I have the problem solving skills to figure it out, and with a little input from some experts who are at a similar place, I may be able to jump up another level.