Skier 1 noted that: A. North East Facing B. Steep slope (39°) C. Obvious signs of wind loading. Upon saying that skier 1 decided to poke out along the ridge and give a couple jumps and traverse closer to rollover to intentionally see if anything would happen. As skier 1 excited the fattest part of the slope to a shallower part the fracture initiated (from the ridge).
Would have sucked getting pushed into these trees.