Aren't fireworks Fun???
Anyway, so are bumps. They're also a discipline, and icy ones in particular are a reality check. Are you on your skis or not? Can you stay over feet or not (whatever "over" means in wildly varying terrain and snow conditions)?
Sometimes I ski bumps well - well enough so that people who know what they're talking about say so, and people who don't actually come up to ask how it was done.
More often, I ski like a post. I rarely ski as well as I want to, and when I do well, I want to do better. Never satisfied. At only 50-60 days per season, I'm not as consistant as I'd like, either.
JASP is right. Every tip given on the Internet or on a printed page is subject to an interpretation that will cause the tip to go bad.
Still, some of us are stupid enough to try.
1. Don't try to learn how to ski bumps on Drunken Frenchman. Or anything like Drunken Frenchman. You'll get frustrated, and you'll learn how to be defensive. Find something soft, low angle, with smaller bumps and a little space in between. But not too much space. You don't want to spend your time sliding sideways through the wide scraped off parts to hit the next pile of snow. Those aren't "real" bumps anyway.
2. Keep your skis on the ground as much as possible while learning. Air will come later. Given the terrain, sometimes the tips will be off the ground, and that's OK. Maybe (but not always) that's a handy chance to pivot - either to change direction of travel or control speed, or both. Keep some weight on your feet. No pressure on the snow = no speed control.
3. Be flexible. Absorb. Extend. Use absorption and extension to accomplish number 2.
4. Keep up with your feet. Yeah, you'll be a little behind them sometimes as they climb up a back side. Be sure to catch up to them over the top, by any of several methods, or you'll really get behind them as they scoot down the other side of the bump. You don't have to lever forward (and you don't want to), just get centered again.
5. Explore the flat end of the edging spectrum. Learn accurate edge control in varying terrain, and learn to allow your skis to slip in a controlled fashion. Use gravity and your body weight for this, not muscular pushing. Contrary to popular belief, high edge angles do not slow you down. They tend to take you in whatever direction the edges are pointing without much speed control, unless the edges are taking you uphill.
6. There's nothing wrong with judicious application of pivoting. It can allow you to quickly change direction or throw in a quick speed check.
Hmmm. Lessee, you got yer balance, yer pressure control, yer edging, and even that there rotary. Sounds like a $%!* instructor!
OK, a couple more tips:
7. Break the rules. Sometimes it works, often it doesn't. Do it anyway. Make actual changes. Exaggerate. That's the way to learn something. Chances are, you're not really doing what you think you're doing, anyway. You're out there to play, so play already!
8. When it turns to corn in the spring, Drunken Frenchman is a hoot!
My presence here suggests that a village somewhere is missing its idiot.