Welcome to epicski! I will need her specs to comment. Specs include ht and weight(sorry gotta have it) the specific model she skis now and how she skis...terrain she likes and doesn't etc, where you folks ski(what mtns)you get the picture. I recently ungraded my 2 female members of the family to women specific Volkls...they did not however come off of 197 atomic straight skis. I would think your female friend could handle a wider spectrum of choices than my two including near race level unisex skis.
I made the jump to super sidecut short skis last season. I did it without lessons, but I am a retired instructor with a pretty clear understanding of skiing and the proper movements. I was able to dial in the technique quite easily having migrated from recent shorter skis K2 four and Volkl p40 platinums. Have her look at the demo team videos found my signature below to begin to understand the technique used to conquer the new skis. I was able to see the differences clearly and dial them in. Many strong skiers will be able to do the same, esp if they are visual learners as I am.
Post her specs and many bears will chime in with ideas for skis she should demo....and you should have her demo that is half the fun! We also have bears on here who do what you ask for a living, sierrajim and dawgcatching come to mind. I doubt either will chime in until they see detailed specs. Either would be a great source for purchase as well.
One thing to think about is does she want to move easily into the new era or does she want to jump right into steep angles and super carving?
A ski like the Dynastar 4800 or 8000 or Elan m 666, some of the mid fat nordicas or the Attiva line Phil describes are examples of skis which would afford her an easier transition as the sidecut is not quite so extreme(mid measurement mid 70's) A ski like my 2 ski eastern bad boys, the RX 8 and the Allstar will take her to the extreme. The first group will be easier to skid turns a bit...the latter is more demanding....tho if you describe her ability accurately she should succeed with either. She will likely be able to focus on this question more after she views the demo team videos I have provided you. If she wants to ski like the highest levels you see on the videos she might jump right in to super shorts like I did.
Another way to approach it is grab some NOS older parabolic skis off ebay....K2 4's, Volkl carvers etc as an intermediate step in the migration from her straight atomics, but if she is a dedicated advanced skier as you describe I'd have her jump right in.
It is a lot to think about.....but if she chimes in with her specs and what she wants out of the experience we can help her. In no way should she be afraid of the process....some folks here try to make it rocket science....it is skiing and it is fun. It is different, but the primary movements to be successful have not changed as much as you might think. Good skiing is still good skiing.
and epicski is a great place to begin the voyage
My intial thoughts might be start the list with Fischer RX 6, but I want more info.....