Thought I'd update with my observations for other newbs that stumble on this thread.
1-Young, strong, fit athletic adults need no help in the form of proper technique."Just do it" will suffice. Any gains from technique will not be apparent.
2- As an athletic, long time AARP member, using proper technique sure helps. i.e. Stand tall, look ahead, shoulders back and start to bring your leg forward with your hip and slightly "whip" your lower leg/boot forward.
3- Practice on level ground helps, up to a point.
Last week I located a nearby drumlin practice slope. 1/4 mile 10* road to the top. Backside is a 35* (measured it) with 150" vert. that a farmer has mowed for a sledding hill. Wahoo!! Perfect for down hill and uphill kick turns. TR to follow when we get some snow. Only 4" of old wet on zero base now. PLEASE SNOW