Idea for MiltonSC
Welcome to EpicSki. I'm new here myself. The Bears are great, as you see, put something out there and you get well thought out responses.
I'm about your age and weight, I'm 54 5'10" and 180. I just took this up two years ago and skied about 50 days last year.
I would venture away from the six star. I have a friend here who skis that model. It is VERY QUICK. I was thinking about that model or the RX8 and a good friend said that if I chose either of them that he would like to take out a life insurance policy on me with him as beneficiary. I ended up on a Fischer RX9. But, from your perspective of only getting out 5-8 days a year I would look very seriously at the RX6. The rental idea also is an excellent one. Try out a lot of skis and you will find one that puts a smile on your face.
Here are my thoughts. Skiing should be fun. You don't want a ski that you have to be on top of at all times and that is unforgiving. Be careful. I've broken two bones at this and at our age it is NO FUN. Do you know the difference between a physical therapist and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist.
: Now I understand.
Also, as mentioned above, invest in a good pair of boots. This is much more important than the ski. Can't emphasize that enough. Most of all have fun out there, take lessons and be careful.
Let us know how things work out.