I went boarding at a local hill "Sandia Peak" on opening day today. The hill is tiny and crap but it's practically in my backyard so why not. Well anyways, my brother and I were riding and having fun until my last lift up. After I got off the lift my brother says "there's mud on your back". So I take a look at it and it looks like a turd smear on my brand new jacket, wtf! And it smells like oil, more wtf! Turns out that the lift chair had dirty lube oil on it and it stained my brand new jacket. I know it's just a stain but I'm pissed. People pay 40 50 bucks to ride those slow chairs on a shitty hill and the ppl running them don;t even have the decency to clean the stupid chairs. I'm going back tomorrow to ride and complain to them. Hopefully no one else gets that crap on their gear. Sure pissed me off.
They are using the wrong type of grease...probably using a lithium based grease that gets very thin when mixed with water. A good marine grade grease or an Aluminum based grease would be better - doesn't sling off easy either.
Grease isn't all that uncommon. Where I go theres big signs saying that there may be grease and its one of the risks and they aren't responsible for it. Stuff is moving against each other and theres gonna be friction so its gotta be lubricated somehow.
good luck man all our ski areas have the signs posted saying that greas is a common hazard on chairlifts and they're not responsible for it. your place probably does, too, but maybe you just haven't seen it before?
I've had the occasional drop or two, but never a big smear or anything.
Sandia's not all bad. The slackcountry is fun when there's snow and its cool to take "the world's longest tram" to get there (I doubt its still actually the world's longest tram) I just don't understand their business plan. If the added some flood lights and built a decent park and race course they would have people coming up everyday but instead they cater to texans who are too poor to go to colorado. They're fifteen minutes from a population of >500,000; that's a huge market by ski area standards but they seem like they barely scrape by every year.
Try some dish detergent to cut through that grease.