Running Meteor on Mac without root?

I am in a shared working space trying to install Meteor on the Mac mini. I have no root. I got to install meteor to ~/.meteor, changed $PATH to point to it. Now when I do

meteor create test

I am gettnig

Error: can't get default release version for track undefined
  at .... ... getDefaultReleaseVersion (/tools/packaging/catalog/catalog-remote:js 852:13)

I am under a huge time crunch. I’ve heard other people have accomplished this… help!

Running the current release. Will try Beta and post results.

This may help